Three awards in Australia for Aleksi, a Serbo-Croatian coproduction
A co-production between Croatia and Serbia, Aleksi is the feature film debut by the writer and director Barbara Vekarić. The film has recently won three awards at the Changing Face international film festival in Australia. Aleksi won awards for Best Feature Film, as well as best photography for Filip Tot and best performance for the actress Tihana Lazović.
Aleksi opened the Pula Film Festival last year. It is co-produced by Studio Smoke, Film Combine, Motion Film Association and Croatian Radio and Television. It is a Croatian-Serbian co-production, with Serbian co-producers Snežana Penev and Gordan Kičić. The film was edited by Serbian editor Dragan von Petrović, with Neda Arnerić and Aljoša Vučković in important roles. The Serbian part of the team was supplemented by sound designers Zoran Maksimović and Ognjen Popić, and sound was recorded by Maksimović and Ognjen Obradovic. Alexi is played by Tihana Lazović, while Goran Marković, Sebastian Kavaca, Jason Mann, Leon Lučev and Nataša Janjic also appear in the film. It was supported by Film Center Serbia.
The story of this movie follows the protagonist Aleksi, who after a fruitless attempt to study, returns home to Pelješac peninsula. Aleksi is a 28-year-old who, after graduation, fails to find a job and is forced to return to her parents’ home. In an effort to ward off boredom, Alexi escapes responsibility and embarks on adventures with several men: American photographer Christian (Man), with whom she has similar interests, local musician Goran (Markovic), whose traditional views she does not share but whom she shares a strong chemistry with; and the older, charming, rich Slovenian playboy Tony (Kavaca).