Mladenovic writes, directs and stars in the acerbic comedy about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Inspired by true events and shot in her hometown of Kladovo, Serbia, it features her real family and friends portraying themselves on screen. The film is a co-production between Romania’s microFILM and Serbia’s Dunav 84.
“‘Ivana the Terrible’ is a film that reaches new heights of self-reflection,” says Aleksandar Govedarica of Syndicado, a world sales and production company established in 2016 that specializes in authorial, cinematic and character-driven narratives. “We are thrilled to work with Ivana Mladenovic on her second feature film.”
Producer Ada Solomon, of microFILM, says Syndicado brings a unique perspective and “in-depth understanding” to “Ivana.” “We decided to go with a company that fell in love with the film, with people that are originally coming from our part of the world, but now are functioning in a different cultural environment,” she says.
Describing “Ivana” as “different from everything that we’ve done so far,” she adds: “We knew that this film is a challenge in terms of positioning and we felt that a company that is specialized in documentaries with a theatrical potential would be the ideal partner for us to find as wide as possible exposure.”
“Ivana the Terrible” is the follow-up to Mladenovic’s critically acclaimed “Soldiers. Story From Ferentari,” which world premiered in Toronto in 2017. Variety described her first narrative feature as “a likably ramshackle, seemingly semi-improvised ‘free adaptation’” of Adrian Schiop’s semi-autobiographical novel about a gay romance in Bucharest’s Roma slum. The Serbian-born Mladenovic is based in Romania.