Film House Bas Celik, Neue Mediopolis co-produce pic

PARIS — Serbian helmer Srdan Golubovic is set to direct “Circles,” a $1.8 million psychological drama based on a 1993 incident in Belgrade during the Bosnian war.

“Circles” is produced by Jelena Mitrovic at Serbia’s Film House Bas Celik and Alexander Ris at Germany’s Neue Mediopolis.

The project was presented at the Cinefondation Atelier during the Cannes Film Festival and received the nod from Franco-German net Arte.

Plot opens on a Serbian soldier who is killed for trying to save a Muslim civilian from being beaten to death by three soldiers. The film then picks up 15 years later and shows the consequences of the murder on the lives of its perpetrators and bystander.

“The story of this Serbian soldier moved me because it showed a rare gesture of humanity during the war,” said Golubovic. “In the film we’ll explore the significance of being a hero in wartime.”

Lensing is set to kick off in October.

Pandora Film will handle the German theatrical release.

Pic received coin from the Serbian National Film Board and was pre-bought by Arte.

Ris and Mitrovic produced Golubovic’s previous film, “The Trap,” a tense psychological drama, which bowed at the Berlin Forum in 2007.

The producers last collaborated on Srdjan Koljevic’s “The Woman with a Broken Nose,” which will open the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Ris is also producing “The Children’s Republic” with French outfit Les Films de L’Apres-Midi. Directed by Guinean helmer Flora Gomes, pic is a fantasy/allegory centering on children who have been abandoned on a land deserted by adults and must live together. Danny Glover toplines.

Nick Holdsworth contributed to this report.

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