Jelica Jerinić

Scriptwriter

Born:

29.09.1991, Valjevo (Serbia)

Education: 

Academy of Moving People & Images, Helsinki, Finland

MA in Dramaturgy, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia

BA in Dramaturgy, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia

Place of Residence:

Helsinki (Finland)

Writes in Languages:

Serbian, English, Finnish

Biography

Jelica Jerinic is a filmmaker based in Helsinki, graduated with an MA in Film and Theatre Writing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. In 2019 she was a participant of the Academy of Moving People and Images. Her first film, a short documentary GIRLS WHO CUT THEIR HAIR SHORT, was screened at several international film festivals. More recently, she has written and directed her first short fiction film DOG DAY, which was acquired by Yle.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

SORSAPAISTI / DUCK ROAST

short fiction
developed script

Young immigrant is unsuccessfully wooing a Finnish woman over the duck roast dinner, while behind the camera a young director is failing to communicate her idea to the crew.

Attached to the project: co-writer, director
Looking for: producer

Keywordsimmigration, integration, filmmaking, animal welfare

STOTA MLADA / HUNDREDTH BRIDE

feature fiction
synopsis

Serbo-Albanian couple develops a relationship during the four days between their arranged engagement and their televised wedding.

Attached to the project: co-writer, director
Looking for: producer, co-producer

Keywordsarranged marriage, ethnic tension, love, society

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

2020 DOG DAY, short film, writer/director/producer

2016 GIRLS WHO CUT THEIR HAIR SHORT, short documentary, writer/director/producer

My five favourite films

  1. Alphaville (1965)
    by Jean-Luc Godard
  2. Paris, Texas (1984)
    by Wim Wenders
  3. Wild at Heart (1990)
    by David Lynch
  4. Close Up (1990)
    by Abbas Kiarostami
  5. Everybody in Our Family (2012)
    by Radu Jude

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. MARIA’S LIVING ROOM – DAY

Srna sits on her knees near Arttu’s dead body and puts her phone on the floor. It says “Maria Arttu” on the screen. She presses the speakerphone button. She looks a bit uncomfortable.

SRNA

Can you hear me?

MARIA (V.O.)

Yes.

SRNA

Good. What would you like me to say?

MARIA (V.O.)

Just a few kind words about Arttu…

Srna clears her throat. She turns her eyes from her phone to Arttu’s motionless body, but quickly looks away.

SRNA

(clears her throat again)

Arttu… was obedient and loyal dog…

Srna waits for reaction, unsure what to say, but there is none.

SRNA

(more confident and emotional as

her speech progresses)

Arttu liked to eat. He liked to sleep.

Arttu loved to play in the park with

other dogs… He loved truly

everyone…

Srna sniffs, close to tears.

SRNA

Excuse me… I’m just sad I hadn’t had

a chance to meet Arttu.

MARIA (V.O.)

I’m sure Arttu would’ve really liked

you.

SRNA

(sniffing)

Arttu lived a happy and fulfilling

life with people who loved him…

Maria now also sniffs (V.O.).

SRNA

(slowly finishing)

… and now he is happy in dog’s

heaven… grateful for the life he

had.

MARIA

(V.O. after a short moment)

There is no such thing as dog’s

heaven, of course, but he surely was

lucky that he was a Finnish dog…

Thank you Serena, that was a beautiful

speech!

SRNA

I’m glad I could do something for

Arttu.

MARIA (V.O.)

Yes… Actually, could you help with

one more thing?

Srna is caught off-guard for a short moment, still emotional from her speech.

SRNA

Yes. Sure.

MARIA (V.O.)

Here is what I need you to do…

Srna nods saying “yes”, even though Maria can’t see her.

My favourite film quote

“I don’t want to give you a gun to kill me. I’m giving you a spade, a spade.”

Taste of Cherry (1997)