BELGRADE: Serbian documentary director Mladen Matičević is in production with Nebeska Tema, a documentary about the life and work of Vlada Divljan, one of Serbia’s most important musicians.
Divljan was mostly known as the frontman of the Serbian and ex-Yugoslavian rock band Idoli, one of the rock groups that initiated the Yugoslav new wave on the cultural scene of former Yugoslavia in the 1980s, but also for his solo works.
Nebeska Tema will combine elements of the documentary and narrative genres and will feature concert footage and Divljan’s conversations with friends and collaborators, as well as interviews with some of them. Prominent performers and singers will appear in the film, as well as Divljan’s friends and family members. Serbian actor Svetozar Cvetković, Divljan’s close childhood friend, serves as the film’s narrator.
Milena Džambasović is producing through Serbia’s Starhill in coproduction with Cinnamon Production and also with Aleksandar Protić, who is in charge of the sound design. Film Center Serbia backed the project with 48,650 EUR / 6 m RSD in the latest call for grants at the beginning of June 2016.
The project is mainly supported by the singer’s friends and private sponsors. National Film Archives of Serbia are also supporting. The producers are hoping for coproduction with the Croatian production company Interfilm with a Croatian minority coproduction support grant from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
The budget has not been disclosed. Shooting started in April 2016 and is set to wrap in October 2016. The six-week shooting (including the preparations and audio recordings as well as the classic shoot) will be spent on location in Belgrade, Zagreb, Brač and Vienna.
The premiere is not yet set. No distributors or sales agents are attached to the project yet. The film is expected to have a regional focus and an international festival run.