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Mladen Djordjević starts filming Labour Day

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- The Serbian writer-director is shooting his second feature-length fiction film, which combines socio-political realism with elements of a psychological thriller

Mladen Djordjević starts filming Labour Day
Director Mladen Djordjević and actress Tamara Krcunović on the set of Labour Day

Serbian writer-director Mladen Djordjević, known for his brave and provocative style and references to the tradition of the Yugoslav Black Wave in his transgressive arthouse hit Life and Death of a Porno Gang and the docudrama Vienna Hallways [+see also:
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, started shooting his second feature-length fiction film, Labour Day, on location near Belgrade last weekend.

The plot follows a group of ex-workers from a recently closed factory, who, in their fight for personal dignity, reach out to the supernatural. The film relies on a large ensemble of regional actors, including Tamara Krcunović (Humidity [+see also:
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), Leon Lučev (The Load [+see also:
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), Momo Pićurić (The Black Pin [+see also:
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), Ivan Djordjević, Szilvia Kriszan, Mirsad Tuka, Lidija Kordić, Tomislav Trifunović, Olivera Viktorović and Stefan Sterev.

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Djordjević describes Labour Day as “a film about the potential for rebellion and the limitless power and strength we all carry hidden deep within us”.

“With this film, I wish to express my personal view on the painful topic of transition from a socialist into a capitalist society, but from what I believe is a fresh angle, combining socio-political realism with the elements of a psychological thriller,” says the director.

Lensed by DoP Dušan Grubin, the film is being produced by Milan Stojanović for Serbia's Sense Production, Djordjević for Serbia's Corona Film, Martichka Bozhilova for Bulgaria's Agitprop, Maria Drandaki for Greece's Homemade Films, Ivan Marinović for Montenegro's Adriatic Western and Anamaria Antoci for Romania's Tangaj Production.

Labour Day was supported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Greek Film Centre, Film Centre Montenegro and Eurimages.

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