BELGRADE: Writer/director Predrag Antonijević returns to Serbian cinema after 27 years with Soldier’s Lullaby / Zaspanka za vojnike, a WWI drama he is currently shooting in Serbia. The film is an adaptation of Stevan Jakovljević’s classical realistic novel Srpska trilogija / Serbian Trilogy, written almost 100 years ago.
Stevan Jakovljević, a WWI veteran who fought for the Serbian army, arrives at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the end of the war and the opening of an ossuary in the village where he used to be stationed with his first company. Back then, Stevan had been reassigned to another unit, so one of the reasons he came to the opening of the ossuary is to find out what had happened to his fellow soldiers, especially to his immediate superior, Second Lieutenant Aleksandar.
Antonijević penned the script together with Nataša Drakulić.The main cast includes: Marko Vasiljević, Vuk Jovanović, Ljubomir Bandović, Nenad Okanović, Aleksandar Đurica, Ivan Đorđević, Marko Gvero, Nikola Ilić, Marko Pavlović and Stefan Radonjić.
The film is a coproduction between the Serbian companies Film Danas, Komuna, Dandelion production, Contrast Studios, Concept Studio, Direct Media and Avala Film, with the support of Film Center Serbia. The total budget is 1.88 m EUR / 225 m RSD.
Shooting is currently taking place in Bela Crkva, a picturesque small town in northeast Serbia. Shooting started on 5 September 2017 and is expected to end by mid-November 2017. Approximately 95% of the film is planned to be shot outdoors.
Predrag Antonijević and Nataša Drakulić also collaborated on the first season of My Father’s Killers / Ubice moga oca, a 10-episode crime drama directed by Predrag Antonijević, which was shot and broadcast on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) in 2016, becoming the most popular TV show of the season.
In the last 27 years, Predrag Antonijević made several films in the U.S including Savior (1998), shot in former Yugoslavia, produced by Oliver Stone and starring Dennis Quaid, Stellan Skarsgård and Nastassja Kinski.
Director: Predrag AntonijevićScriptwriters: Predrag Antonijević, Nataša DrakulićDoP: Miloš KodemoCast: Marko Vasiljević, Vuk Jovanović, Ljubomir Bandović, Nenad Okanović, Aleksandar Đurica, Ivan Đorđević, Marko Gvero, Nikola Ilić, Marko Pavlović, Stefan Radonjić, Petar Kokinović, Jovan Gula, Aleksandar Berčeek, Radoš Bajić, Nataša Ninković