PRODUCTION: Bosnian Director Srđan Vuletić Shoots Otter in Montenegro

    Otter by Srđan Vuletić shooting Otter by Srđan Vuletić shooting source: Film Centre of Montenegro

    PODGORICA: Bosnian director Srđan Vuletić has started shooting his new feature film Otter in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica. The film is a coproduction between Montenegro, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.

    The script written by Stefan Bošković tells the story of Hana, an introverted teenager secretly in love with Balša, a schoolmate and a lesser-known member of the "Street Self Defence" page, popular on social media. Through Hana's character, the audience will confront a complex emotional journey filled with hope, disappointments, sorrow, the struggle for oneself and one's beliefs, as well as the discovery of one's own strength, reads the synopsis from a press release issued by the Film Centre of Montenegro.

    “I am extremely happy and grateful for the opportunity to work on a project that addresses self-confidence as an important ingredient of a dignified life in these challenging times, especially as it belongs to the genre of films that promote the empowerment of women's roles in society, and to collaborate with both young, emerging talents and established actors from Montenegro”, said director Srđan Vuletić in a statement.

    The lead roles have been entrusted to high school students Maša Drašler, Savin Perišić, Lara Velimirović and Mara Rakčević. Montenegrin young actor Pavle Marković also has a leading role.

    The film is produced by Ivan Đurović through Montenegro’s Artikulacija film in coproduction with Daniele Segre through Redibis film (Italy), Katarina Prpić through Izazov 365 (Croatia), Ishak Jaliman through Realstage (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Fatmir Spahiju through Buka production (Republic of Kosovo).

    The Film Centre of Montenegro, the Ministry of Culture of Italy, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Sarajevo Canton, the Sarajevo Film Foundation, and the Kosovo Cinematography Center are supporting the project.

    Otter won the Eurimages Award at CineLink, as well as the Best Pitch Award at When East Meets West. Additionally, the project has been selected for the Cinéfondation programme Cannes L'Atelier .

    The international crew includes Croatian DoP Filip Tot and editor Vlado Gojun, Montenegrin production designer Ognjen Smolović and costume designer Andrea Samardžić, as well as Slovenian makeup artist Nataša Sevnčikar.

    Production Information:

    Artikulacija film (Montenegro)
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    Redibis film (Italy)
    Izazov 365 (Croatia)
    Realstage (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Buka production (Republic of Kosovo)

    Director: Srđan Vuletić
    Scriptwriter: Stefan Bošković
    DoP: Filip Tot
    Editor: Vlado Gojun
    Production designer: Ognjen Smolović
    Costume designer: Andrea Samardžić
    Makeup artist: Nataša Sevnčikar
    Gaffer: Marko Vuković
    Cast: Maša Drašler, Savin Perišić, Lara Velimirović, Mara Rakčević, Pavle Marković, Nada Vukčević, Marko Janketić, Jelena Laban, Julija Milačić Petrović Njegoš, Stefan Vuković, Aleksandar Gavranić, Davor Dragojević, Fatmir Spahiju, Gresa Pallaska, Goran "Brčko" Nikčević, Maja Stojanović, Vuk Vučinić