Strahinja Mlađenović was born on June 21st, 1991 in Novi Sad, Serbia. He finished his multimedia directing studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. As a final student project on his master year, he wrote and directed the fiction feature film SHE IS ALIVE which had its world premiere at the film festival in Tirana. In August 2017 he participated in the Sarajevo Talents program. He’s been making short documentary films in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as theatre plays and short fiction films in Ljubljana. Apart from that, he also writes novels, short stories, and comic books, and has published his first novel LOCUS AMOENUS in 2019.
A young Serbian writer of bestsellers with a feeling of failed life meets a Slovenian blind translator and emerging poet. They’re both communicating with phantasms of famous deceased writers who have plotted to bring these soulmates together.
Attached to the project: co-writer, director
Looking for: producer, co-producer
Keywords: story, heart, book, writer, blind, literature, mountain, translator, drama, romance, fantasy
2019 WORDS, short fiction, writer/director
2018 THE BITE OF CONSCIENCE, short fiction, writer/director
2016 SHE IS ALIVE, feature film, writer/director
2016 AGREEMENT, feature film, assistant director
2014 SERBIAN ORTHODOX SEMINARY IN PRIZREN: SOUNDS, short documentary, writer/director
2014 DIRECTOR’S CUT, short fiction, writer/director
2013 FATHER, short fiction, writer/director
2012 WEAK HEART, short fiction, writer/director
2011 NO WAY OUT, short fiction, writer/director
EXT. NATIONAL PARK, SLOVENIA – DAY
Andrej and Mojca are walking along the path between the trees, the sunshine pours down like honey.
The national park is not such a
Be patient, we’re not there yet.
If you think I’m some city boy who’s
only now discovering the secrets of
nature, you couldn’t be more wrong. I
grew up in the countryside and moved
to the city after my grandfather died.
He left me the apartment along with
thelibrary. I would like to show it to
you someday, so you can see all those
books– I mean, I know you couldn’t see
them, that’s not what I wanted to say, I
Watch your step.
Mojca lets go of his hand.
She climbs down to a small lake bathed in sun rays.
Her steps are confident so it’s clear that she knows the place very well.
Andrej is forced to crawl down on all fours.
Afterward, he wipes his hands on his white shirt.
Mojca bends over the lake and dips her hand in the water, causing the sun reflection to “dance” on the surface.
This is one of those things I wasn’t able
to notice until I’ve lost my sight.
Golden reflections on the water are forming a kaleidoscope of light.
The wonderful play of light.
BACK TO THE SCENE
Andrej is hypnotized by Mojca’s face bathed in the sun’s reflections.
He’s about to lean over her, but Mojca suddenly stands up.
She finds his hand and pulls him uphill.
She takes him to the tall rock with a hole inside that has the shape of a fist.
Here’s my secret!
You Slovenians are quite attached to your
mountains, aren’t you?
First of all, it’s not a mountain but a
rock. Second, this is no ordinary rock. Do
you see that hole in the shape of a fist?
Andrej stares at the hole.
I do, but I’m not sure it’s a fist. That
would be a little–
According to the legend, when Jason and the
Argonauts were sailing home with the Golden
Fleece, this is where the river was cut off.
Jason was so furious that he punched the
rock with his fist.
Andrej is observing the hole with a renewed interest.
I know it’s only a legend, but that legend
gave me the determination to move on after
the accident. To go back among people, to
finish my studies, and to start my own life.
A few moments of silence.
“How her face is forever before me/ haunting
me wherever I go/ how her lovely, blooming
features/ ever taunt, torment me so…”
Did you write that?
No, it’s the translation of Prešeren’s poem
you’ve recited to me. Have you been also
talking to him lately?
It was more of a chance encounter.
Andrej observes her face for a couple of moments.
Mojca, later that night, I came to your–
I had my suspicions.
I didn’t mean to stalk you, I’ve found
myself in your street by accident. I’ve
been inside your building and I’ve
overheard you talking to Urška. You’ve
said that you want more wine, so I thought–
Mojca finds his face with her hands and puts a finger across his lips.
Andrej takes her hand and moves it across his face.
Then he leans forward and kisses her.
After the kiss, he looks at the hole in the rock again.
What happened with Jason and his Argonauts?
They’ve carried the ship across on their
“Dr. Richardson: And what’s your talent then, Bess? Because, um, surely it can’t be being screwed by men you’ve never seen before.
Bess: I can believe.”
Breaking the Waves (1996)