Turn Off the Lights
After years behind bars, three young men are released from prison. Among them is Alex, a captivating figure who charismatically addresses his past with a disturbingly blasé attitude toward violence, women, and guilt. Offering a rare peek into contemporary Roma culture, the three ex-cons try to reconcile the outside world with the gray-shaded areas of morality with which they struggle.
Ivana Mladenovic was born in Kladovo, Serbia. She moved to Bucharest to study film directing at UNATC I.L. Caragiale and graduated with a master's in 2011.
-“Milkyway” (documentary, 10 min) – 2007, Romania* 2007 Next Frame Winner – 2nd place Documentary and Kodak Cinematography Award* Astra Film Festival, student section 2007 * Visions du reel , regard neuf, Switzerland, 2008* Banjaluka film festival,international competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008* Cinemaiubit Student Festival, int. competiotion, 2008* Selected for compilation JSF in America- 2008* Cinema du reel,Film market, France – 2008* IPIFF, Mamaia, award for best directing – 2008* Kassel Documentary Film & Video festival- int. competition 2008* Rio de Janeiro ISFF – Curta Cinema 2008- int. competiton – 2008* 4th Students film festival " EARLY BIRD ", Sofia- int. competiton – 2008* "Toamna la Voronet", Romania, special award, 2008* Filmul de piatra international film festival, Piatra Neamt, Romania, Won Best Documentary,2009* Shown at the: Prichard Art Gallery University of Idaho University of Kentucky Philadelphia Premiere, International House Erie Summer Festival of the Arts Drexel University Television University of Toledo Film festival Krakowia Centre Pompidou, Paris Realitatea Tv, Ultima ora-“In the village” (documentary, 12 min) – 2007, Romania * Cinemaiubit Student Festival * Filofest festival, Ljubljana – Slovenia, 2007 *Cinema du reel,Videoteque, France 2008 * IPIFF, Mamaia, student competition - 2008-“Pizza love” ( fiction, 15 min ) – 2008, Romania* Cinemaiubit Student Festival, int. competiotion, 2008*Esap International Film Festival Porto, Portugal, Won Best Foreigner Director, 2009*Festival Pontino del Cortometraggio, Lazio, Italy, official competition, 2008* Festivalul de Film, Sighisoara, competition, 2010* Festivalul de scurt metraj, Timishort, 2009* Plus camerimage, Poland, 2010-“Afterparty” (fiction, 15 min) -2009, Romania* International Iasi Film Festival – Romanian Section* Cinemaiubit Student Festival- Best directing, 2009* Festivalul de scurt metraj, Timishort, 2010* The 13th International student festival Tel Aviv, int. comp 2010* Fresh Film Fest, Praha, int. comp. 2010* 6th Students film festival " EARLY BIRD ", Sofia- best directing– 2010* Festivalul de scurt metraj, Timishort, 2010-“Turn Off the Lights”- feature documentary, Strada Film, Romania-2012- Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2012 (24.04.2012)has been selected to Sarajevo CineLink, work in progress, one of the 5 international projects selected to complete for the Post Republic Award ( 80,000EUR in post-production services)-“Skin”- short fiction, 35mm, U.N.A.T.C- 2011* Festivalul de scurt metraj, Timishort, Best cinematography 2011* Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, int.comp 2011-“If 6 was 9”- feature documentary, Aristoteles workshop production, Romania-2012-postproduction-“Tomato cans”- short documentary, 16mm-2012, postproduction