Actor Rade Serbedzija and Son Danilo to Film WWII Liberation Story

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Rade Serbedzija

The Croatian-born actor and his filmmaker son are adapting Dusan Jovanovic's WWII play "The Liberation of Skopje."

VILNIUS, Lithuania – Croatian-born actor Rade Serbedzija (Before the Rain) is putting together a new project with his filmmaker son Danilo Serbedzija (72 Days) – a film adaptation of Slovenia-based Serbian theater director and playwright Dusan Jovanovic’s play The Liberation of Skopje.

Rade Serbedzija revealed the project in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the 18th edition of the Kino Pavasaris Vilnius International Film Festival (March 14-28) in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius.

Both Serbedzijas acted (Danilo as a child actor) in a 1980 production of the play by Zagreb’s KPGT Theater that toured internationally. This production exists in audiovisual form as an Australian TV taping of a performance at the Festival of Sydney in January 1981. The play has also been staged in English in 1995 with Vanessa Redgrave at London’s Riverside Studios.

The play is set in WWII-era Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia, when it was occupied by German and Bulgarian troops. The action is seen through the eyes of an 8-year-old boy and involves a love affair between a Macedonian woman and a German officer.

Rade is to star, Danilo is to direct, and the project is produced by Goran Tozja through Partysans (Macedonia) and Lijeni Film (Croatia). It is envisioned as a Macedonian-Croatian-German co-production, budgeted at 2.5 million euros ($3.2 million). The Serbedzijas have secured 500,000 euros ($640,760) from the Macedonian Film Fund and 150,000 euros ($192,228) from the Croatian Audiovisual Center and are seeking Eurimages funding and a German producer. Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist) is to be tapped for the role of the German officer.