Scriptwriter of the Month: Ivan Turković

The summer, but it’s no time to rest. We bring you one more scriptwriter and a short talk with him.

Ivan Turković is Croatian scriptwriter whose last short film LOVEBOX has been screened at more than dozen festivals all over the world and it is still travelling. From Rio de Janeiro, to Tallinn and back to Croatia, his film talks for him, but if you wish to find a bit more about Ivan and what he’s working on you can also check his MTSW profile here.

• What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

I chose these 5 because they’re both narratively original and intellectually challenging, and they resonated with me in a certain special way. But I don’t really like making this kind of lists. It could easily be some other 5.

• Why did you decide to go into film?

Although I regard myself as a writer, I was never fond of throwing around with words. Somehow, I found film to be the ideal medium for the „less is more” formula.

• Commercial films or art house?

I wouldn’t exclude either, but in some general sense I’m more interested in the independent film production. Less money often means more freedom in choosing topics and creative approaches. It’s another issue what the filmmaker is going to do with that freedom.

• How and when did you begin writing?

I began writing in some early grade of elementary school. My teacher and my mother thought I was talented, and I liked the effect of their approval on my ego. So, I continued…

• Where do you like to write the most?

Somewhere quiet and familiar, which usually means at home.

• What kind of music do you listen while writing?

Sometimes I use music to get into certain mood, but when I sit down to write I prefer silence.

• Where do ideas come from?

From the little surprises of everyday life: something someone experienced, something someone said, something I read, unexpected associations… In other cases, from the demands of my employers: producers, directors…

• If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

Motovun Film Festival 2019. Great film programme held in the most beautiful little medieval town in Croatia during summer vacation. This sounds like I’m on the festival’s payroll – I’m not – I just feel good being there. A recommendation for all the film lovers.