FNE at KVIFF 2010 East of the West: The Woman with a Broken Nose

By Pavlina Jeleva

    Recognized as talented Serbian scriptwriter (The Trap, 2007, Love and Other Crimes, 2008) and original film director (The Red Colored Grey Truck, 2004) the Sarajevo born Srđan Koljevićgave his second feature the peculiar title The Woman with a Broken Nose.

    The more than €1.3 M film is a co-production between Serbian company Baš Čelik (www.bascelik.net) and German company Neue Mediopolis (www.neue-mediopolis.de) and their second collaboration after SrđanGolubović's The Trap. German producer Alexander Ris noted he was convinced by Srđan's story "already from the outset."

    {mosimage}The story about a suicide attempt of a womanon the Belgrade bridge after leaving her baby in a cab and the follow up of the witnesses -- a taxi driver, a high school teacher and a pharmacist -- received numerous grants from public funds. The Serbian National FilmFund (www.fcs.rs) participated with 24.49 % (€325,000) to which the City of Belgrade(www.beograd.rs ) added an 11.30% share (€150,000). From the GermanMMM (www.mdm-online.de) came €400,000 (30.14%) followed by€180,000(13.94%) from ZDF/ARTE (www.arte.tv) andBerlin-Brandenburg (www.medienboard.de) with €80,000 (6%).

    The shooting of the film, in which according to writer/director Koljevic the witness characters "overcome their words from the past and discover their suppressed emotions," lasted eight weeks and took place between October and December 2008 in Belgrade and Erfurt. Three additional shooting days for background shots after principal photography were needed, but they were hindered by a snow melt last February. The crew had to stay stand by until June 2009, when finally the appropriate grey sky and heavy rain appeared. This brought a delay of the postproduction.

    As it often happens with Serbian talents from the younger generationSrđan Koljević is fascinated by contemporary Belgrade, with "its people in strong emotional transition trying to fix their messed up lives." He describes his film as a "road movie within a city, with Belgrade portrayed in a new, slightly different way. ...A dose of humour was of the utmost importance to us," Koljević adds.

    The film was firstly shown this June at the Cinema City Film Festival in Novi Sad (www.cinemacity.org) where it won the National competition grabbing the Grand Prix and attracting massive approval for its "witty comment on life in multicultural Belgrade of today."

    The mixed Serbian/German cast and crew includes first rank talents such as L.A.-based Serbian Branka Katić, known for her performance opposite Johnny Depp in Michael Mann's Dillinger, Nada Šargin(Tomorrow Morning by Oleg Novkovic, 2006), Nenad Lipanović who designed the costumes, and Mario Schneider, who wrote the music.

    The rights for the international sales belong toAktis Film International (www.aktis-film.com)

    {mosimage}Script: Srđan Koljević

    Director: Srđan Koljević

    Director of Photography: Goran Volarević

    Art Directors: Zorana Petrov, Lana Prolić

    Costumes: Nenad Lipanović

    Music: Mario Schneider

    Sound: Sebastian Schmidt, Erik Mischijew

    Editing: Marko Glusac

    Producers: Jelena Mitrovic, Srdan Golubovic, Alexander Ris, Joerg Rothe


    Gavrilo: Nebojša Glogovac

    The woman with a broken nose: Nada Šargin

    Anica: Anica Dobra

    Biljana: Branka Katić

    Stefan: Vuk Kostić

    Jadranka: Jasna Žalica

    Marko: Nikola Rakočević

    Goran: Vojin Ćetković

    Beba: Jovana Lukić

    Taksista: Ljubomir Bandović

    Milica : Dubravka Kovjanić

    Radio DJ: Nikola Đuričko

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