PRODUCTION: Nikola Mijović Develops Montenegrin Drama Four Funerals and a Wedding

    Four Funerals and a Wedding by Nikola Mijović Four Funerals and a Wedding by Nikola Mijović credit: Parangal Film

    PODGORICA: Nikola Mijović’s feature Four Funerals and a Wedding / Četiri sahrane i vjenčanje, which already received development and production support from the Film Centre of Montenegro (FCCG), is conceived so far as a Montenegrin/Serbian/Macedonian coproduction.

    The film, produced by Maja Kecojević through Parangal Film in coproduction with Pavle Vučković and Stefan Mladenović through Serbia’s Plan 9 and Vladimir Anastasov and Angela Nestorovska through North Macedonia’s Sektor Film, was supported by the Film Centre of Montenegro in the categories of co-financing the development of the script and the development of the project as early as 2021. It also received 250,000 EUR of production support from the FCCG in November 2023.

    “We are currently negotiating with Czech and Austrian coproducers”, producer Maja Kecojević told FNE.

    The script written by Nikola Mijović follows the relationship between a Montenegrin funeral mourning artist and his daughter, who is trying to establish herself as a pop singer.

    “Our film deals with some universal themes, such as generational conflict and ecological issues, but with a unique local flavour and in an emotional and humorous way”, Maja Kecojević said in a press release issued by the Film Centre of Montenegro.

    In February 2024, the production of the film was budgeted at 774,750 EUR with 300,000 EUR already secured.

    The film is currently in the financing stage and it is due to be shot in 2025. Meanwhile, the producers are trying to secure minority coproduction support in 2024.

    British editor and filmmaker Alex Fry has already joined the project as editor.

    Four Funerals and a Wedding has already secured development support from the SEE Cinema Network, and it was awarded at PriFest Best Pitch for audio postproduction services (Audiohaus, North Macedonia) and also at the Best Pitch Competition within the Pristina Film Festival, before heading to the 2023 Baltic Event CoProduction Market in Tallinn. The project also participated in the Torino Film Lab Boost IT programme in 2023.

    Four Funerals and a Wedding is also the first debut feature for Maja Kecojević, who in the past years had the opportunity to work in the industry in Saudi Arabia, the Arab Emirates, Serbia and Hungary (HBO Max’s series Dune: The Prophecy).

    The premiere of Four Funerals and a Wedding is loosely set for 2026.

    Production Information:

    Four Funerals and a Wedding by Nikola Mijović, credit: Parangal FilmProducer:
    Parangal Film (Montenegro)
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    Plan 9 (Serbia)
    Sektor Film (North Macedonia)

    Director: Nikola Mijović
    Scriptwriter: Nikola Mijović
    DoP: Miloš Jaćimović
    Editor: Alex Fry
    Composer: TBA
    Cast: TBA