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The film series “Black Sun” had its Macedonian premiere

Part of the crew of the film “Black Sun”, the director Dragan Bjelogrlic, the co-producer from Macedonia – Tomi Salkovski, director of the episode and the actors Marija Bergam, Jana Stojanovska, Pero Arsovski and Petar Mirchevski, present at today’s press-conference, talked about certain details about this film production.

“Black Sun” is a film series realized as a co-production between Serbia, Macedonia, Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will soon be broadcasted on MTV. An episode from the series was screened as part of the festival program.

The author, producer and actor, Dragan Bjelogrlic, explained that the period between the two world wars was challenging for him; for the story of the film he worked with historians in order to find more about the roads of the opium mafia that operated on these territories. According to him it was precisely the period between the two world wars when the events which will define the rest of the 20th century unfolded.  

-I worked with historians – one of them consulted me on the Russian theme, the other one on the Balkan opium routes and the third one on VMRO, the professor Zhezhov from Macedonia. Exploring this period, I came upon several interesting stories, on the Imperial Russian Army which functioned as its own paramilitary formation within SCS (State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs) – said Bjelogrlic.

The actor Petar Atanasovski said that although he was hesitant whether to accept the offer for the film, after the meeting with Bjelogrlic he immediately found a common tongue with him, while his way of work left a good impression on him.

-Dragan Bjelogrlic’s participation in the whole process of the film, as a director, as well as in the casting proves that it’s not wrong to have all the control in your hands, succeeding in the creation of a harmonious team, where every one of us felt as part of the team, but also as if he or she is importing their own authorial, individual contribution in the film – said Arsovski.

Igor Ivanov – Izi, who is a director of the eight episode of the series, explained that for him the work on the film was an interesting experience, because he was not on the top of the creative hierarchy.

-This is a project in which I am not at the top of the creative hierarchy, because series are made that way. For me this was interesting because a man enters the project manneristically after certain esthetical parameters set by someone else. It was really great, because you can see the “chess match” from the side and it gives you different creative opportunities – said Ivanov.

He also added that Bjelogrlic as a director is following the trends, which is very significant.

-What was most important for me is that Dragan Bjelogrlic doesn’t follow blindly the trends of the genre he is working in, the historical thriller, which is absolutely modern. What was most fascinating for me was the fact that this man has a sense for the public he is addressing, which is very rare. With that I don’t think of the research done by the big distribution companies from the West – I think more on the level of talent and intuition. The way I see it, that sense comes from the anachronistic and eclectic esthetics which Bjelogrlic uses in this series – says Ivanov.

The cinematographer Ivan Kostic wasn’t present at the press-conference, but Bjelogrlic said that he was very pleased from his work.

-I am sorry that the director of photography, Ivan Kostic, is not present. This is his first solo work. Before this film, he worked as an assistant to the director of photography in my film “Montevideo”. I noticed that the man has a special eye with which he sees things and he was suggesting pretty interesting and unusual, but consistent shots – explained Bjelogrlic.

The actors Petar Arsovski, Jana Stojanovska and Marija Bargam expressed their gratitude for receiving the opportunity to work with such a professional crew