Every second household in Serbian countryside keeps pigs. The majority of Serbian pigs lives and dies in cruel conditions; less than one third are slaughtered in slaughterhouses, and the other two thirds get slaughtered by the “slayers” (“professional slaughterers” also known as “pig’s orthopaedists”) in village courtyards, livestock markets, at sides of roads, at fairs and carnivals. The implementation of the new Animal welfare and Food safety laws foretells the radical change of lifestyle of Serbian pigs. Through scientific and traditional aspects of the story of pig welfare, we are observing the Serbian countryside, the conditions in agriculture, and the inevitable change in Serbian society instigated by the desire for integration into EU.
“Unplugged” is an existential allegory about blowing into leaves, rattling between the most primitive of instruments and the most universal escapism of music. Meet Josip, amateur inventor set out to decode the artistry of leaf-playing, and the last leaf-players – Vera, ex private detective, and Pera, the know-it-all peasant – in the autumns of their lives, still going for the verdant leaves. Music has rarely been so offbeat.
Mladen Kovacevic has studied film in Belgrade, LIFS in London, and CTFTVS and AFDA in South Africa. Besides his directorial fictional projects, since two years ago he made two commissioned documentaries, and one thematic documentary. He is currently shooting a debut documentary feature “Unplugged” (a Serbian-Finnish co-production) and also developing an offbeat architectural documentary “Palace”, and a documentary about the family of carnival stunt bikers “The Wall of Death, and All That”.
"Na kraju sna" / “At the End of Dream” (2000), student short film – screenplay and directing; "Zdrav život" / “Healthy Life” (2000), student short film – screenplay and directing; “Zombies Never Retake” (2001), student short film – screenplay, cinematography, co-directing; “Shuffle” (2002), student short film – screenplay, directing, editing; "Pokrov" / “Shroud” (2004), student feature film – screenplay, directing, editing; “One More Kiss, Dear” (2005), student short film, unfinished – screenplay and directing; “Dumbfounded Hog” (2010), thematic (partially commissioned) documentary – screenplay and directing; “Living out of Sight” (2010), commissioned documentary – screenplay and directing; “Penny Is Not Petty” (2011), commissioned documentary – screenplay and directing; “Unplugged” (2012), debut documentary feature – in postproduction – screenplay and directing; “The Wall of Death, and All That”, documentary feature – in production – screenplay and directing.
Film production Horopter
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