Nikola Kuzelov

Scriptwriter

Born:

17.06.1992, Stip, Macedonia

Education: 

Acting, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Skopje, Macedonia

Screenwriting and Dramaturgy, FIOFA, Film Institute, Ohrid, Macedonia

Place of Residence:

Skopje (Macedonia)

Writes in Languages:

Macedonian, English

Biography

Nikola Kuzelov is a film and theater actor and screenwriter. He got his bachelor’s degree in acting and at the moment he’s attending MA in Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy at the film academy FIOFA in Ohrid. He worked on a lot of theatre plays and movies, including ELEVATION 404, IN BETWEEN, THE NAIVE INNOCENCE OF THE MILIK and his first feature HORSE RIDERS that he wrote and acts in.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT or WE ARE ALL PARROTS, EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE NOT  

short fiction
developed script

A boy is suddenly trapped into dark and surreal version of his world.

Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer

Keywordsadulthood, democracy, candles, darkness, escape 

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

2017 HORSE RIDERS, feature fiction, scriptwriter / actor – FAM Fest International Film Festival: Outstanding Feature Film

2016 RAZORED MIND, short fiction – scriptwriter / actor 

My five favourite films

  1. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    by Stanley Kubrick
  2. Lost in Translation (2003)
    by Sofia Coppola
  3. In The Mood for Love (2000)
    by Wong Kar-Wai
  4. The Dreamers (2003)
    by Bernardo Bertolucci
  5. Shutter Island (2010)
    by Martin Scorsese

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. THEATER STAGE – NIGHT

On the stage EVA(27) with white sheet over her head in the role of the ghost of Hamlet’s father, next to her DANI(25) in the role of Ophelia and LUKA(30) performing Hamlet’s monologue with shaky voice and bad diction.

In the audience, the DIRECTOR(46) is sitting in the first row.

DIRECTOR

Once again! C’mon, we have the

premiere in four days, this play

HAS TO be ready.

LUKA(O.S.)

To be, or not to be, that is the

question. Whether ‘tis nobler in

the mind to suffer…

In the back rows of the teatre SHAKESPEARE’s ghost appears with bottle of gin in his hands. He looks at the stage and rolls with his eyes.

SHAKESPEARE

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I

pronounc’d it to you, trippingly

on the tongue.

Everybody’s confused. They turn to him, but he’s just a shadow because of the stage lights.

DIRECTOR

Who’s that?

Shakespeare stands up and approaches the stage. The director and the actors are staring.

SHAKESPEARE

More of your conversation would

infect my brain.

DIRECTOR

Don’t play jokes with us, whoever

you are.

Shakespeare walks in front of the stage next to the director.

SHAKESPEARE

I’ll beat thee, but I would infect

my hands.

The director is mesmerized.

DANI

Who this mad guy is?

LUKA

I know who he’s pretending to be.

DANI

Who?

LUKA

Jeez, have you opened a book in

your life?

Dani rolls with her eyes. The director is staring as paralized.

EVA

(quietly)

Shakespeare?

LUKA

(laughs)

Just because he knows few

Shakespeare’s lines and wears this

funny clothes?

From down the stage Shakespeare teleports next to Luka on the stage.

SHAKESPEARE

No, because I came here to kick

your untalented ass. You are

ruining my most commonly ruined

play.

Luka is confused. He tries to pull Shakespeare’s beard, realizes that it’s real and steps back frightened.

SHAKESPEARE (CONT’D)

You are as a candle, the better

burnt out.

EVA

(leans to Dani and whispers)

That was a line from Henry IV.

Shakespeare approaches Eva, takes one sip from the gin while observing her.

SHAKESPEARE

Oh, I see. You are supposed to be

the father’s ghost?!

(at the director)

You call this a ghost?

This is offense to me… double

offense.

He takes off the sheet off her head.

SHAKESPEARE

WHAT? A woman? I somehow accepted

women playing at theater… but

man’s roles?

(drinks a big sip of gin)

Oh, Talia, goddess of

theater, to be or not to see?

Shakespeare sits on the stage and starts to cry.

SHAKESPEARE (CONT’D)

To be or not to see? That is the

question. Whether ‘tis nobler in

the mind to suffer, or to take

Arms against a gossip of who

Shakespeare was. The ignorance of

the directors, the insolence of

the actors. Thus conscience does

nothing to you all.

Shakespeare stands up and bows down.

EVA

Wow, that was really some acting.

Dani approaches Shakespeare almost seductively.

DANI

It’s all their fault. I struggled

so hard with this dilettantes.

LUKA

What?

DANI

C’mon you know that you take the

roles just because your father’s

importance.

LUKA

At least I didn’t slept with half

of the board.

DIRECTOR

Hey! Shut the fuck up!

LUKA

(as authorized)

Watch your tongue!

DIRECTOR

Or what?

LUKA

Oh, Humber Humbert is protecting

his LO-LI-TA! Or I’ll make one

phone call.

The director looks down. Dani leans on Shakespeare’s shoulder.

DANI

None of this is true.

DIRECTOR

(for himself)

Yeah, right!?

Eva can’t believe what she’s hearing. Dani pretends that she’s crying while hugging Shakespeare. The director goes to her and tries to calm her down, but she’s stuck to Shakespeare.

EVA

Now, the lover is worried!?

DIRECTOR

Shut up! You, mother of all

virgins in the world.

Luka is filming the whole situation with his phone. Shakespeare is laughing and Eva is numb and staring.

SHAKESPEARE

Oh, drama. I love dramas. Now this

is drama that suits you guys.

EVA

(with tears in her eyes, to the director)

In the end of the day

it’s all your fault. Some people

will have fucking sheet over

their heads their whole life and

other will build their career

with their tits. His daddy will

give you money for your last

project and daddy’s son will star

in the main role. Fuck you all!

Fuck this theater and all

intrigues in it. Fuck the art, the

sacrifices and fuck you

Shakespeare, too.

Everyone look at her. Shakespeare comes in front of her and bows down.

SHAKESPEARE

I take my words back. Come on,

now, come on, start!

Eva is confused.

SHAKESPEARE (CONT’D)

To be or not to be, the monologue.

Come on!

EVA

To be, or not to be, that is the

question. Whether ‘tis nobler in

the mind to suffer…

Shakespeare smiles with satisfaction. Takes his bottle of gin and cheers to the director.

SHAKESPEARE

I think you have a real Hamlet

now.

While Eva is going with the monolgue Shakespeare is slowly dissappearing. When she finishes, he’s gone, just the bottle with gin remains on the stage.

DANI

It was like a bad dream.

(to the director)

Let’s just forget about

this.

The director takes the gin and drinks. He’s still confused.

LUKA

(with the phone in his hands)

C’mon! Somebody was fooling around

with us. I have everything filmed.

The director looks at Luka than at Eva who is standing in the middle of the stage. He takes the sheet and gives it back to her.

DIRECTOR

Let’s start over. The premiere is

in four days. We don’t have time.

The director goes in the audience. He sits on his spot.

DIRECTOR (CONT’D)

On your positions please. Start in

10 minutes.

Eva puts the sheet over her head. Luka and Dani are going around the stage and taking their props.

DANI

Do you think we really suck?

LUKA

Shakespeare’s plays generally

suck. Maybe we should try

Chekhov.

CHEKHOV (V.O.)

(in Russian)

O, my God, no!

BLACK SCREEN:

Everybody scream at the top of their voices.

My favourite film quote

“You see life is like that. We change, that’s all. You see, the guy I am now is not the guy I was then. If the guy I was then met the guy I am now he’d beat the shit out of me. Those are the facts.”


SLC Punk! (1998)