BUCHAREST: Ivana Mladenović’s sophomore feature Ivana the Terrible / Ivana cea Groaznică has been acquired by the Toronto-based outlet Syndicado Film Sales. This Romanian/Serbian coproduction produced by Ada Solomon will have its world premiere in the Cineasti del presente section of the 72nd Locarno Film Festival (7-17 August 2019).
Mixing autobiography and fiction, the film tells the story of a Serbian actress Ivana, born at the Serbian-Romanian border, on the Danube, who lives in Romania but cannot find her place in neither Serbia nor Romania. One summer she decides to spend her holiday in her hometown of Kladovo, with her family. The mayor proposes that she becomes the image of the most important event in town – the music festival Friendship Bridge. But when her excentric friends from Bucharest arrive together with her much younger beau, gossip in town pushes Ivana to a nervous breakdown.
“The film is the result of a personal crisis that I had in the summer of 2017, when I went back home to the Danube shores, at the Romanian-Serbian border. I wrote a script and the project started as an independent project shot in Kladovo, where real protagonists as family and friends were invited to play fictionalised characters in front of the camera”, says Ivana Mladenović in a statement.
The main characters are played by Ivana Mladenović, Luka Gramić, Gordana Mladenović, Miodrag Mladenović, Kosta Mladenović, Zivka Sorejević, Andrei Dinescu and Anca Pop.
The film was eventually coproduced by Ada Solomon through Romania’s microFILM and Ivana Mladenović through Serbia’s Dunav 84, in association with the Romanian Television, nomada.solo and Verde Stop Arena, and with the support of the Romanian Film Centre and Film Center Serbia. The project was sponsored by Hollywood Multiplex and United Romanian Breweries Bereprod.
The script was penned by Mladenović together with Adrian Schiop, the scriptwriter and actor in her acclaimed debut feature Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari / Soldații. Poveste din Ferentari, a film which was also produced by Ada Solomon through HiFilm Productions.
microFILM will released the film in Romania in the first half of 2020, representatives of microFILM told FNE.