By Senad Šahmanović
Co-Production Market 2018
Senad Šahmanović completed three years of undergraduate studies (BA) and Specialistic studies of film and TV direction at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Cetinje – Montenegro. During his studies he shot two short films, two short documentaries, several commercials and music videos.
The past is a foregin land, the one who leaves and one who comes back are not the some person anymore.
After 20 years abroad, Natalie, a Parisian lawyer, is returning to Montenegro to ensure the fulfillment of the client's will. This unusual case of inheritance slowly turns into an investigation of Natalie's past and herself.
Sirin is my first feature-length project. The idea has developed from both my personal experience and my screenwriter’s. In this project, we’ve united our common desire to write about the long- term consequences of uprooting and transplanting ourselves, allowing an intimate approach to our protagonist’s story. Our aim is to present a personal drama in a very simple yet emotionally complex way, leading the audience through a journey of personal and universal discovery.
We don’t want to talk about people trapped in nostalgia for their origins, but those who erased everything from their past in order to build a fresh identity and integrate themselves fully in a new culture and society.
The story is not only about the ones who left, but also about the ones who stayed.
We believe this topic will speak to a large audience at this time of tension between our global and local identities. The answer to our main question – Where do I belong? – is not purely geographic.
production company profile
CUT-UP is a production company dedicated to filmmakers with daring and authentic visions. Our aim is to gather projects with strong ideas, and to make them visible on international markets. Relatively young company, established in 2013 by a group of producers who felt the urge to work independently and to be creatively involved in the projects from the very beginning.
Veliša Popović, producer (1980) has graduated at the Faculty of Drama in Cetinje. He is experienced working as executive producer, location manager and production manager for numerous film projects.
MAIN FILMOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF DIRECTOR
“Tranquility of Blood/Umir Krvi” (short), was screened so far in more than 50 international festivals (Tampere Film festival, Odense Short Film Festival, Busan SFF) The film won also several awards: Grand Prix for Best Film at the prestigious Short Film Festival in Drama – Greece.
MAIN FILMOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PRODUCER
Lowdown 2016 Montenegro film festival
The Son 2018/ minority coproducer *in pre-production
Bosnia and Hercegovina
4K / DCP
color / B&W
Montenegrin / French
finance in place
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