FILM DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY/FILMOGRAFY
NIKOLA VUKCEVIC (born 1974 in Podgorica, Montenegro), a film and theatre director, independent producer. Creative director of Podgorica City Theatre, the youngest member ever to join the Film Board of the National Academy of Arts and Science (CANU), and professor of Film Directing module at the Department of Film Directing at the Faculty of Drama Cetinje (FDU Cetinje).
Vukcevic’s projects have been seen by a wide international audiences – in the last five years his films and plays have been performed/screened at more than 40 international film and theatre festivals. His work has earned him the status of one of the best known and respected theatre and film directors of his generation in Montenegro. He is also the youngest professor of film direction at a national Drama Faculty on the Balkans– a status that he specially covets.
Vukcevic received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre Directing from the Academy of Arts Novi Sad, Serbia, studying under supervision of internationally acclaimed film and theatre director Vlatko Gilic. He was awarded The Best Student Award 1998 from the Drama department. The archive of the Museum of Theatre Belgrade (Serbia) opened a file with his name while Vukcevic was still a third year University student.
In June 2001 he received a Master Degree of Arts in drama. His thesis was awarded and published as a book "Influence of Film On Theatre of New Forms".
Since 2005 Vukcevic has been a PhD candidate at the Academy of Arts Novi Sad. In spring 2010 he will be defending his thesis on cinematic and theatre poetics of Ingmar Bergman.
Vukcevic worked as the director/ author in around 80 projects, including one feature film (A VIEW FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER, presented at around 30 international festivals; for a selected list please see the attached factsheet), ten theatre performances, (performed and awarded at a number of important festivals, i.e. Budva Theatre City, Infant, Exit, TIBA, etc.). He also directed four short films, one TV film (shown on many festivals and televisions inside country and abroad), 25 half-an-hour documentaries for Montenegrin Broadcasting Service TV CG, as well as numerous music videos, commercials, TV clips.
He is well versed in the use of modern cinematic technology, a skill he learned through collaboration with experienced production and postproduction crews (including Arkadena – Slovenia, Vizije – Croatia) as well as through attendance of international festivals, workshops and training sessions.
He has been awarded with many national and foreign awards.
Nikola Vukcevic is married and a proud father of two children.
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A VIEW FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER, selected factsheet
A VIEW FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER – Facts:
• Top-grossing cinema attandance in Montenegro in 20 years (Autumn-Winter 2005)
• Fourth on the Serbian box office for 2005 (among 45 films)
• Disributed in cinemas in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Austria
• Serbia and Montenegro Film of the Year 2005 – METROPOLIS TV, Belgrade
• Serbia and Montenegro Film of the Year 2005– JOY MAGAZINE, Belgrade
• At numeroud film festivals it was screened in the same programme selections as some world-famous film directors like Lars von Trier, Jim Jarmush, Wim Wenders, Atom Egoyan, Gus van Sant, as well as Oscar-winning Danis Tanović, Wolker Schlandorf and Manoel de Oliveira (at Motovun Int. Film Festival, Ljubljana Int. Film festival, St. Petersburg Int. Film festival)
• presented at around 30 international festivals, including: MOTOVUN International Film Festival, Croatia– July 2005 – PREMIJERE; Hercegnovski filmski festival– August 2005; Novi Sad Film Festival– September 2005; Vienna, Austria - New films from Serbia & Montenegro – November 2005; Zagreb, Croatia - Festival of Montenegrin culture – November 2005; LIFE – Ljubljana International film festival - Slovenia, November 2005.; Toronto, Canada – New films from Serbia & Montenegro – December 2005; Vancouver, Canada – New films from Serbia & Montenegro – January 2005; Waterloo, Toronto January 2005; Sarajevska zima – Sarajevo, Bosnia, February 2006; Toronto, Canadian Film Institute - II Balkan film festival – March 2006; Düsseldorf, Germany– Metropol - Eiffel Tower Weekend - March 2006; Ex-Yu Fest – Podgorica – March 2006; St. Petersburg International film festival – FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS, JUN 2006; London Portobello Film Festival, August 2006; Marbella International film festival 2006, September 2006, Spain; GEORGIA International film festival 2006, USA, Oct/NOV. 2006; Berlin, Black Box film festival, November 2006.; Beogradska kinoteka – Beograd, Festival balkanskog filma, March 2007; Levant film festival, Bari 2007; Brussels, Festival of Slavic Film, June 2008; Moscow, Montenegrin Film Show, May 2009; Tirana International film festival 2009...
• 2 DVD editions for Montenegro, as well as special editions for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
A VIEW FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER had a modest production budget of 30000 Euro. Its cast however included some of the most known actors from ex Yugoslavia who agreed to work on a voluntary basis or for very reduced fees. This is was the first Montenegrin film after a fifteen year break. Also, A View from the Eiffel tower was the first co-production of companies from ex Yugoslavia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.