year 2005 length 94' color 35mm country USA-Serbia
directed by Vladan Nikolic
Screenplay Vladan Nikolic
Cast Sergej Trifunovic (Vanja), Geno Lechner (Anna), Peter Gevisser (Dirk), Didier Flamand (Jean), Liat Glick (Faye)
Cinematography Vladimir Subotic
Art direction Sorangel Fersobe
Editing Vladan Nikolic
Costume design Olivera Gajic
Music Standing in Lines
Producers Jim Stark, Vladan Nikolic
Production Studio Belgrade
Surla films, Mikado film, Thoke&Moebius film, Why Not Productions
Starksales (New York)
Tel. +1212 964-7521
Roberta Avolio, Mikado
Mobile +39338 3674679 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Set in New York City, among stranded characters from all over the world, the film explores the characters’ stories from their different points of view. Through their subjective realities, the film reconstructs their conflicts, and the drama and action that stem from it.
An absurd coincidence intertwines the lives of a Yugoslav hit-man, his former wife, with whom he is still obsessively in love with, and her boyfriend. “Uncle Vanya”, as is his code name, grew up as an orphan in Bosnia. He didn’t know his parents, so he didn’t know if he was Serb, Croat or Muslim. A victim of his circumstances and his past in war-torn Bosnia, he became a hit man against his own will. He constantly wants to quit but can’t, because he is blackmailed by his boss — a burnt-out former covert operations agent.
Vanya’s supposedly last job is a money for drugs exchange in a hotel, where everything goes wrong.
Noir has many times been considered as a narrative genre that exposes 20th century urban fears and nightmares. In fact, it is very often used as a frame, almost as a pretext, for illustrating characters and fears emblematic of our times. In Love, Nikolic has undeniably used noir as a literary and cinematographic model that is typically American to narrate a solitude that is typically European. And yet few times in the cinema of recent years have I so clearly perceived the lessons of Woolrich and Chase, and few times has the blood bond between the two cultures seemed to me so vivid.