Lana Pavkov

Scriptwriter

Born:

12.11.1991, Belgrade, Serbia

Education: 

MA in Film and TV directing, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

BA in Multimedia directing, Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia

Place of Residence:

Belgrade (Serbia)

Writes in Languages:

Serbian, English

Biography

During her BA studies Lana took part in various of directing and acting workshops such as Michael Chekhov method with Scott Fielding from Actors studio Boston, Grotowski Lab with Katharina Seyfhert, Zagreb Dox pitching forum, Kratkofil + Project development Lab, etc. In 2017 she volunteered for international film database platform MUBI. The same year she volunteered at SCEN_Lab archive programme at Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad.

She received Best Pitch Award at Zagreb Film Festival for her short film project ŠAFARIKOVA 19.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

ŠAFARIKOVA 19

short fiction
developed script

Vanya is hosting an unusual dinner in which series of unexpected events occur, revealing that she has been living her life in a denial.

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

Keywords: Absurd, surreal

MLADA / YOUNG

short fiction
first draft of the script

 While preparing for her funeral, Alisa finds a purpose in life.

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

KeywordsMagical realism, absurd

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

2016 PRVAK SVETA / WORLD CHAMPION, short documentary, director – Japanese Serbian Film Festival: Best Film

My five favourite films

  1. Funny Games (1997)
    by Michael Haneke
  2. Exterminating Angel (1962)
    by Luis Bunuel
  3. Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
    by Yorgos Lanthimos
  4. Dah (2002)
    by Abbas Kioristami
  5. Close-up (1990)
    by Abbas Kioristami

Favourite scene I wrote

1. EXT. GARDEN – MORNING

On a beautiful spring day, mother VILMA (60), her daughter ALISA (60) and Alisa’s grandmother VANYA (85) are having a breakfast. They are sitting in the backyard of their huge, old house. Vanya sits in an old wooden wheelchair. The most beautiful food is served at the table. They are eating slowly. Alisa is carefully cutting food in her plate. Everything is nicely cut, prepared, but she hasn’t taken a bite. Alisa looks at Vilma, then at Vanya. The two of them are eating, and not paying any attention. Their backyard is surrounded by old buildings. On each building there is an old lady sitting at the balcony, looking at them. These old ladies look identical.

Alice is stabbing food in her plate, slowly bringing it to her mouth. She puts the food in her mouth, but the food immediately falls out of her mouth. Vilma and Vanya look at the fallen food. Alisa tries eating it again. The food falls out.

VANYA

Once there was a redheaded man

without eyes and without ears. He

had no hair either, so that he was

a redhead was just something they

said. He could not speak, for he

had no mouth. He had no nose

either. He didn’t even have arms or

legs. He had no stomach either, and

he had no back, and he had no

spine, and no intestines of any

kind. He didn’t have anything at

all. So it is hard to understand

whom we are really talking about.

VILMA

So it is probably best not to talk

about him any more.

Vilma continues to eat. Alice is trying, but all the food keeps falling out of her mouth. She turns on side, and this time drops the food on the ground, instead in her plate. Vilma looks at her.

ALICE

All the food I’ve put in my mouth

fall out of it.

VILMA

What?

ALISA

What?

VANYA

What?

ALICE

All the food I’ve put in my mouth

fall out of it.

VANYA

The cat will now come to eat it.

The cat approaches and sniffs the food on the ground, and then calmly rolls on her back. Vilma, Vanya and Alisa look at the cat, then look at each other.

ALICE

But I am only 24 years old.

VANYA

My sister died when she was 22.

ALICE

When was that?

VANYA

When I was 15.

ALICE

It’s 2019.

VANYA

I am 85.

ALICE

85 minus 19 is 66. 2000 minus 66 is

1940 and minus 6 is 1934. 1934 plus

15 is 1949.

VANYA

Correct.

ALICE

At that time people were dying from

tuberculosis, not from youth.

(beat)

That means I have to die today.

VILMA

Funerals are expensive.

VANYA

And we have cancelled her burial

spot.

VILMA

How could we have known?

(beat)

Certainly, the cemetery is far and

the transport is unsafe.

VANYA

All her pets are lying under this

tree. Why wouldn’t she?

VILMA

That way we will always be able to

visit her, even when it rains.

VANYA

You can no longer find a quality

umbrella anyway.

VILMA

True. Nothing is being manufactured

as it was before.

Vilma and Vanya continue eaitng with relief. Alice nervously looks at them for a couple of seconds.

ALICE

All the food I’ve put in my mouth

didn’t fall out of it.

Alice puts food in her mouth again, and tries chewing it with great effort, but the food falls out of it.

VILMA

2 plus 7, plus 8 there, plus 1 plus

two more plus my old friends that’s

3 plus 4… That is terrifying. We

don’t have that many chairs.

VANYA

You didn’t count my old friends.

Alice puts food in her mouth again, but the food falls out.

VILMA

2 plus 7, plus 8 there, plus 1 plus

two of my old friends, that’s 3,

plus 4 and plus your old friends

thats 1 plus 1, that is 29.

ALICE

All the food I’ve put in my mouth

didn’t fall out of it.

Alice puts food in her mouth again, but the food falls out.

VANYA

2 plus 7, plus 8 there, plus 1 plus

two of your friends, that’s 3, plus

4 and plus my old friends thats 1

plus 0, that is 28.

VILMA

What about Peter?

VANYA

He said he won’t come anymore.

VILMA

I went to his daughter’s funerals

for 4 years in a row, and what

turned out of her?

Alice puts food in her mouth once again, but the food falls out.

ALICE

But today is my birthday.

VANYA

Oh, happy birthday darling.

VILMA

Happy birthday Alice. We’ll invite

guests.

VANYA

Who are we inviting for funeral and

who for birthday?

VILMA

We invite one half for funeral, and

the other for birthday.

Alice lies down on her plate. Vilma and Vanya continue to eat.

My favourite film quote

“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.”


Clockwork Orange  (1971)