Interview released by c7nema.net
1.How did you come up with the idea of makin a multi-story erotic film?
Two years ago I started writing my book – ”Eros on film – two on the table” reffering to the film ”The Postman Always Rings Twice” by Bob Rafelson. One sunny day the idea of erotic drama of my own just stroke me.
2. You’ve done some sex-themed shorts and now 7 SEX 7. What made you want to dedicate yourself to erotic cinema?
Yes, 3 years ago I filmed erotic drama – short called ”March 9th”, which also participated at Fest festival, and won a lot of awards, among which are FEDEORA prize at Pula film festival, Best short at Euroshorts, Warsay, 1st award at WorldFest, Houston, U.S.A., Best short at Cinema City, Serbia etc.
I always want to wide my horizons towards new genres.
3. What filmmakers influenced you the most?
Really, I can’t name just couple of them, European cinematography is one I prefer, and French New Wave influenced me the most.
4. You’re attending FEST and its Pitching forum for next project. What new film are you presenting here?
I am presenting my new film project called ”My Dad”. My Dad is a romantic comedy in a “transition” way. At a time of warped social values, when criminals are the protagonists of social events and become media stars, it is quite reasonable for a hard up teacher to daydream about a contract killer as the sort of romantic hero that in a more innocent time was called a “prince on a white horse”. Croatian cinematography is well –known for its social and war dramas, and I find it important for cinematography to progress in new genres especially for young population.
Screenplay My Dad got project development funding from Croatian Audiovisual Centre in spring 2011.
5. How was the casting process for 7 SEX 7?
Well, I wanted to find the crew who can handle filming in one frame and numerous takes. All the actors in the film are proffesional actors and a lot of them currently work in theatre or soap-operas. The actors in this film have not been arranged for the camera, the camera rather tries to follow the events as they come. Its free movement and natural imperfection of the composition add to the erotic suspense. The free playful engagement with something that reminds of cinéma vérité and Dogma arises from the inner structure of the film’s stories and relations.
6. What’s your dream project?
My dream project is to film ”My Dad” and not in Croatian production, but in French production, with French crew and on French language. Paris or Avignon would be the set.
7. How have people reacted to 7 SEX 7?
Great, the national premiere was at Pula film festival in Arena, and there is a maximum of 10000 viewers. People enjoy the movie, and realize that everything is not that pink like somebody can conclude from the trailer, but there are some serious problems in communication among all of the characters.
8. What do you know of FEST and expect of 7 SEX 7’s portuguese premiere?
I think I participated twice with my shorts in official selection, “Farewell” and “March 9th”. I like Portugal, and I am very happy to finally visit your festival and I am eager to see the reaction of international audience.