"Clip" was inspired by self-shot mobile phone videos that she came upon online, says Serbian director Maja Miloš, depicting the violent, sexual and drug-related escapades of modern teenagers. Filmed in documentary style, with non-professional actors, "Clip" tells the story of Jasna, a teenage girl torn between a difficult family life and her love for a Djole, a high school bully. "Opposing everyone," Miloš says, Jasna "goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone."
What should audiences take from this film? "'Clip' is a non-judgmental portrait of contemporary youth, a blend of lightness of teenage love and grave social problems that surround them. I would like that the audience start raising questions and think about the problems that the younger generation is growing up with and try to help and understand them."
On her career so far: "I was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1983. I graduated from the Department of Film and Television Directing of the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade. During my studies I directed 11 short fiction films and documentaries. I took part in Talent Campus of the 56th Berlin Festival. In 2006 I attended the Documentary film school at the Film Faculty in Paris – La Femis, where I had lectures and made a short documentary. 'Clip' is my first feature film."
What challenges did this project present? "The whole crew faced a big challenge of making a film that should look like a documentary, because the most important thing for me was to make a authentic, realistic and honest film."
On the necessity of non-professional actors: "It was crucial to find great teenage non professional actors who would have roles that are very complex. After 2 years of castings, and 4 months of intense rehersals where we worked very hard and became really good friends, we started shooting the film. Thinking how young they were (the main actress Isidora Simijonović was 14 and-a-half) and the complexity of the scenes, I think they had the biggest challenge."
What should we look for next? "I have several ideas for a new film and I'll start researching and writing the script by the end of the year."
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