BELGRADE: Serbian helmer Danilo Bećković has wrapped production on his new film The Samurai in Autumn, a funny and tender romantic comedy. The project is currently in postproduction and its trailer will be shown in the “Avant Premiere” programme of the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival.
Vladica is a professional karate fighter, a charming bon vivant, who once was a great talent, but hasn’t made it big due to his penchant for fun and nightlife. After his career implodes, he returns to his hometown and falls in love with Snežana, also getting attached to her son, Vukašin. Vladica wants to take care of them, but soon realises that karate is the only thing he knows. His search for a job that would enable him to look after them puts him in a series of comic situations.
The main characters are played by Petar Strugar, Hristina Popović, Nikola Kojo and Sergej Trifunović. Marko Paljić, who worked with Bećković on his 2015 hit film Little Buddho, is producing through Serbia’s Gargantua Films in coproduction with Mali Budo and Cine Planet.
With a budget of approximately 1m EUR, the film benefited from a grant of 162,168 EUR / 20 m RSD from Film Center Serbia. The Ministry of Youth and Sports also supported the project.
Shooting started in November 2015 and was divided into three phases, production resuming in April and then in July-August 2016. All 46 shooting days were spent on location in Serbia, mainly in Novi Bečej and Belgrade. The film was shot in cooperation with the Serbian Institute of Sport, the Karate Federation of Serbia, the Faculty of Sport and the Anti-doping Agency of Serbia.
The premiere is set for 3 October 2016. Taramount Film is handling the domestic distribution, while the producers are looking for regional distributors. The sale of TV rights is being negotiated. No sales agent is attached to the project yet.
Credits:Director: Danilo BećkovićScriptwriter: Dimitrije VojnovD.o.P: Bojana AndrićCast: Petar Strugar, Hristina Popović, Nikola Kojo, Sergej Trifunović, Andrija Milošević, Vesna Trivalić, Katarina Žutić, Miodrag Miki Krstović, Tihomir Stanić, Vlado Ivanovski, Miloš Samolov