Tina Šmalcelj

Scriptwriter

Born:

23.01.1986, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Education: 

Master of Arts – Performing Arts, Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dramaturgy, Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Place of Residence:

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Writes in Languages:

Bosnian, English

Biography

Tina Šmalcelj works in film since 2007. She worked as Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional Forum Coordinator, and then CineLink Coordinator from 2009 to 2012 and as a PriFilmFest’s PriForum coordinator in 2012 and 2013.

She is a Teaching Assistant on History and Analysis of Film at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo and Film New Europe Correspondent for BiH.

Tina attended Berlinale Script Station with her project SUMMER BREAK in 2010.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

RASPUST / SUMMER BREAK

feature film
developed script

Separated from her mother and faced with a war creeping into seemingly peaceful village in Vojvodina and her grandparents’ home, 6-years-old Nina turns to her imagination in search for sanctuary and a little magic.

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

Keywords: war, childhood, imagination, fairy-tales, family

SUPUTNICI / TRAVELLERS

feature film
developed script

A man with a severe case of PTSD and a woman with amnesia start on a trip from Sarajevo to Zagreb looking for their memories and the way to forget them all over again.

Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer

Keywords: memory, love, war, vengeance, sexual abuse, murder

KAMEN / KARST

short film
developed script

A young girl is keeping her family from falling apart after the death of her mother while trying to understand complicated connections between death and sexuality.

Attached to the project: no partners attached
Looking for: director, producer

Keywords: death, sexuality, family, women

More from Projects

SAVING NEVERLAND

feature film, animation
first draft of the script

When her virtual utopia is threatened by greedy corporations, 16-year-old Sophia has to step into the real world and find a way to save the Neverland.

Attached to the project: no partners attached
Looking for: director, producer

Keywords: virtual reality, cross-genre, teenagers, high-school, happiness

SVEĆENIK / THE PRIEST

short film
developed script

The everyday life of the priest living in the little church on the almost deserted island is disturbed by the unexpected visitors to the neighboring house.

Attached to the project: no partners attached
Looking for: director, producer

Keywords: spirituality, alienation, island

SARAJEVSKE NOĆI / NIGHTS OF SARAJEVO

feature film
synopsis available

A foreigner managing a bar in Sarajevo ends up in a middle of vendetta against four women who tried fighting corruption while living seemingly ordinary lives.

Attached to the project: no partners attached
Looking for: director, producer

Keywords: film noir, corruption, women

Filmography and Awards

2016 JUST ANOTHER DAY, short film, writer/director
2014 INTO THE BLUE, short film by Nejra Latić Hulusić, writer
2014 MERCY, short film by Benjamin Dizdarević, 1st AD
2013 WITH MOM, feature film by Faruk Lončarević, script consultant and 2nd AD
2013 ORPHEUS, short film, writer/director
2011 EDINA, short film by Nora Lakos, production coordinator
2011 POSTHUMOUS, short film by Cenk Erturk, production coordinator
2011 SCENES WITH WOMEN, short film by Nikola Ljuca, production coordinator
2011 BODILY FUNCTIONS, short film by Dane Komljen, production coordinator
2010 IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, feature film by Angelina Jolie, production secretary for Bosnia and Herzegovina
2010 CIRKUS COLUMBIA, feature film by Danis Tanović, production assistant
2007 SNOW, feature film by Aida Begić, production assistant

My five favourite films

  1. Hiroshima, mon amour (1959)
    by Alain Resnais
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    by Michel Gondry
  3. The Intouchables (2011)
    by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
  4. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
    by Guillermo del Toro
  5. Touki Bouki (1973)
    by Djibril Diop Mambety

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. HOUSE – DAY

The old stone house. It’s small. Rustic. It is pretty dark. In
the middle of the room, on the table, the coffin can be seen.
On the right, the FATHER (45) is standing. He is a bit drunk.
He looks towards Tanja who is just entering the house.
On the left, little hunched old lady is sitting on the chair.
The old lady is wearing black, with a black scarf on her head.
She is looking at one spot. There are more chairs lined in the
room. People are sitting. A man is praying. A girl moves with
a platter with jam, schnaps and coffee. Father takes it all.
He is looking at Tanja with anger.
Tanja doesn’t care. She looks at the man who is praying. Their
eyes meet. The man stops praying. Tanja continues walking
towards the coffin. She stands next to it. She is standing for
a long time. Like she is frozen. Then, she moves her hand
wanting to touch the hands of the woman in the coffin. Her
hands are laid down on her chest with bouquet of wild flowers.
The hands are young. Female. Just like Tanja’s.
The doors open with squeaking sound and light enters violently
into the dark house. Tanja turns to the doors.
Slaven is standing there. He enters the house. He is in contra
light. He closes the doors.
Tanja turns back to the coffin. She touches the face of the
woman in the coffin, moves a strand of her hair. Slowly, with
gentle movement. Like she is meditating. Then she moves and
stands next to the old lady.
Slaven hugs the Father. Father gives away a sound, like a
scream, but it is distorted, weird… Like it is an animal
cry, blended with tears…

FATHER
Maria…
Slaven is holding him so he doesn’t fall down. He helps him
into the chair next to the coffin. Father, like a child, in
the fetus position, is swinging himself, crying, wailing.
Tanja doesn’t move an inch. She is just watching. Next to her
the old lady is still looking at the same spot. She starts
swinging in the same rhythm as the Father. The man starts
praying again. Slaven sits on the chair opposite to the old
lady’s. He covers his face with hands, then looks at Tanja.
They are looking at each other.
All of the sudden Tanja catches old lady’s hands violently.
Old lady looks at her in confusion. She almost used candle as
a cigarette. She looks at the candle, then at Tanja. Tanja
just nods her head, kisses her headscarf. Old lady sighs. She
is looking at the candle burning in her hand.

Slaven leaves the house.

My favourite film quote

“In a few years, when I have forgotten you, and other adventures like this one will happen to me from sheer force of habit, I’ll remember you as the symbol of love’s forgetfulness. I’ll think of this story as the horror of forgetting.”

Hiroshima, mon amour (1959)