Well I am from Cakovac (the northern part of Croatia), which is 10kms away from the place of this story. So I have already heard about this child, he has been in the media before, but I was irritated by the fact that people emphasized him as a successful Roma. I was asking myself-why a Roma wouldn’t be successful? I thought it was a discriminating treatment and believed that there is a long story behind all this, then I had exams scheduled, so I had to make the decision quickly.
- Has anything given you special motivation during the shooting, to keep on going?
The shooting lasted for 6 days and my motivation was the fact that I am coming from a whole different world, the world of television (I've been a TV editor for 5-6 years), and there were a lot of things that I had to do, for which I am not an expert because a film is something completely different from my previous experience. Therefore, working on a fim is something else, and my motivation was not to go too deep in the TV form of it.
- And lastly, what is your opinion on the Festival and the idea of getting the Balkan cinematographies closer together?
It is great, considering the fact that Balkan and SEE cinematography is much dearer to me than Hollywood and similar to that. I love the Romanian cinematography above all, it has always had a special place. It is amazing for something like this to be happening, I am sure that the public will get bigger and bigger each day, because there are many great films to be seen and the idea itself is great.