International acclaim for Serbian teen drama Next to Me

23 September, 2015 News, Opinion 3 comments

Pored Mene, Next to MeWhen a Serbian film makes waves beyond the domestic market, critics and audiences sit up and pay attention.

As thought-provoking and socially relevant high school drama Pored Mene (Next to Me) clocks up international awards and acclaim, the signs are strong for this will translate into bums on seats.

Next to Me, the latest cinema release from one of Serbia’s leading young writer-directors Stevan Filipović was a champion right out of the blocks.

After being named Best Film on its world premiere at last month’s Pula International Film Festival, it showed that this honour was not a fluke by winning the Young Audience Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Sensing that they were on to something special international film critics, including Hollywood Reportersoon added their acclaim.

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Kickstarter campaign raises funds for Serb director’s first film

21 September, 2015 Culture 1 comment

RED3 (Andrea Sticlea)crowd-funded film project about the underground trade in human organs would be enough challenge for any young director.

But acclaimed actor Branko Tomovic saw it as an ideal project to showcase his talent as a first-time film maker.

The appetite for such about the ‘red market’ would seem to be shared by an audience as pledges are coming in to finance the short film and shooting is scheduled for January.

“Getting money to make a film is always nail-biting, especially with independent cinema, where raising even small budgets can be a burden on the process,’ said Branko.

“We chose to reach out through a campaign on the Kickstarter platform, to give the potential audience a chance to get involved in making Red a reality.”

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Serbian cinema has bright hopes for Next to Me’s Slaven Došlo

Slaven Doslo, Pored Mene, Next to MeSlaven Došlo has joined a throng of exciting young actors and directors to be proclaimed as flag bearers for the future of Serbian cinema.

With two films praised by critics at this year’s round of international film festivals, this 24-year-old from Sombor is attracting attention beyond the domestic market.

Hollywood Reporter was the latest in a string of international film media to namecheck Slaven for his scene-stealing performance in writer-director Stevan Filipović‘s acclaimed high school drama Pored Mene (Next to Me).

The film, distributed in Serbia by Taramount Film, was named Best Film at Croatia’s Pula International Film Festival on its first public screening.

Slaven has attracted widespread praise for his role as a sharp-witted college boy in the film which won the Young Audience Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

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Do Belgrade hotels provide service with a smile?

88rooms BelgradeAs Belgrade attracts growing numbers of tourists and business travellers, the capital’s hotels and service industries are stepping up their game.

Tourists attracted by a creative wave that is sweeping the city’s cosmopolitan design districts are part of a renaissance that has tourist chiefs buzzing, while foreign investment is attracting increasing numbers of business travellers to Belgrade.

As visitor figures rise, the call on hotel beds to suit all budgets can only increase.

International luxury hotels are opening in the city, such as the waterside Radisson Blu Old Mill and the delayed new Marriott beside the National Theatre, to satisfy the growth in business and high-end travellers.

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