"Hollywood was a Bitter Experience" - The New Indian Express

"Hollywood was a Bitter Experience"

Published: 11th December 2013 11:38 AM

Last Updated: 11th December 2013 11:45 AM

If there is one director who is not enticed by the Hollywood aura, it could be Serbian film director Goran Paskalijevic.

"I’ll never go to Hollywood thanks to the bitter experience I had there," he opened up his mind at the 'In Conversation' hosted by film critic Rengan Bharadwaj as part of the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) here on Tuesday.

 "The general audience today is tired of Hollywood films. Majority of them are repetitions and boring. France produces 200 or more films per year. Among them, 20 per cent may be good films. But young Serbian filmmakers choose important themes. Eastern European films are good films," he observed.

"Though politics is everywhere in our life, artists always hate any war caused by it. My country crossed through communism and tough nationalism. I am not trying to say that I am apolitical. For doing the film ‘Mid Winter Night Dreams’, I followed the autistic girl, who is one of the main characters in that film. Through this film, I warned that autism is there in our country. The film is emotional and political too. In that way I am a political filmmaker," he added.

He also recollected his experience in movie making. For him, it is not easy to make a film outside the country. "But a good story will help overcome all these criteria," he felt. He also shared his wish to come back to India with a new film shortly.

"After realising that the medium of film is a powerful act, I felt that changing something through cinema is quite important. The most important is the soul and human emotions. Through films, I project my country,"he said.

"I love simple stories and I am not a director who prepares script technically. I change the film according to the discoveries coming up during the shoot. I choose comedy as well as serious topics for making films," he added.

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