Pink Elephant won a Special Jury Mention at Short of the Year – Summer in Madrid (Spain). The award consists in 50 distribution tickets to submit Pink Elephant to film festivals ll over the world.
In Sarajevo, Pink Elephant won the “Best movie OFF Generation 2018” at the 10th Youth Film Festival. Ado Hasanović, the director, commented: “This is my first award in Sarajevo and it means a lot to me. I want to thank my colleagues and collaborators, as well as Rome and Sarajevo professors and, most of all, my actors (Jasna Žalica, Izudin Bajrović, Amila Terzimehić & Fabrizio Colica) who made this film great”.
The short film will also be screened at 16th Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia) on 12th November 2018, having been selected by the Association of Filmmakers of B&H and the Sarajevo Film Festival.
“Pink Elephant” is a short film directed by Ado Hasanovic and produced by CSC Production in Rome. With this short film Hasanović graduated in film directing at the well-known Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia academy in Rome.
Ado Hasanović is the director and producer of Nomophobia, his latest short film written by Elisa Bondavalli.
Shot in one long-take, the film wants to explore the disease we all suffer from: “Nomophobia”, which stands for “No-mobile phobia”, the fear of being left without cellphone.
Shooting the film in one long-take was not that easy, as Ado reveals: it took three months of preparations and rehearsals before feeling ready to do it.
«Nomophobia is my first short film shot in a long take. It was quite difficult to make it, but at the same time it was a very exciting experience. Rehearsals and maniacal attention to details are essential in order to make a good long take; it took me a while before I chose the right actors, the proper location and all the other fundamental aspects of the short film, like costumes, photography, sound and camera movements. I wanted to give birth to a unique scene, capable of being shot and experienced in one single breath. Nevertheless, Nomophobia is not only this: it is the name of an illness as well, a very peculiar one, that allows us to reflect on the emptiness of values of our society» said Ado Hasanović.
The story might seem a bit absurd at a first look, but the viewers will be shocked when knowing that it is based on a true story that took place in Italy a few years ago.
The director had a very clear idea of the feelings he wanted to conceive to his viewers and the style he had to adopt.
After a terrible parents-teachers meeting, Maria tries to put her daughter Jessica back on track. But there is a third wheel interfering in their chat: Jessica’s phone, by which the girl is totally absorbed. The mother soon decides to grab the phone, not considering the consequences that her decision might provoke.
The film is shot in a one long-take. To give a more realistic and spontaneous touch to the story I used a hand camera to follow closely my two characters in their space. In particular, there is a moment that distinguishes itself from all the others for its ambition and complexity: for these reasons I decided to turn to small, light and easily handleable equipment.
Close-ups and medium close-ups are the mainly used frames, in order to capture mother and daughter conflicting emotions. Cinematography embraces cold tones to underline the empty and dry relationship between the women and the daughter’s impersonal and virtual life.
It is my intention to show these human characters for what they actually are, in both their dramatic and absurd faces: my glance will not be the one of a judge, rather a very empathic one.
“Pink Elephant”, the short film by Ado Hasanovic, is selected for one of the oldest film festivals in Europe, the Pula Film Festival.
The short film was the graduation work of the director, who specialized at the national Italian film academy Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.
The idea for this story came from a real fact, when a man recognized his daughter in a porn movie. Hasanovic together with his two Italian colleagues Anna Zagaglia and Silvana Tamma wrote the script at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia under the supervision of Daniele Luchetti.
For the casting they were supported by the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, in particular by the Bosnian film director Srđan Vuletić. In the short film there are actually three Bosnian actors performing, Jasna Žalica, Izudin Bajrović and Amila Terzimehić, and the Italian actor Fabrizio Colica.
Pink Elephant was selected seven times in the Official Selection programs of different international festivals and it was nominated for the 15thBosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City (USA) for the Jury Award for Best Short and for the BHFF Audience Award for Best Picture, together with other two nominations for Best Acting Performance to Izudin Bajrovic and Jasna Zalica.
«Working on the script and developing the characters was a fundamental work for me, even because I had to choose three Bosnian actors and an Italian one», said Ado Hasanovic.
«This short film was entirely shot in a film studio in Rome. It was a big challenge for me and for my Italian set designer because we needed to recreate a Sarajevo-looking atmosphere in Rome. The most curious thing about shooting Pink Elephant was that I was giving indications in three languages: in Italian to the crew, in Bosnian to the actors and in English for scenes involving both the Italian and the Bosnian actors».
The film is about a Bosnian bourgeois family welcoming back the studying-abroad daughter and his new Italian boyfriend. After the initial enthusiasm, things start to change when the father notices a tattoo on her daughter’s back.
Ado Hasanovic, film director, and his Italian producer Massimo D’orzi (Il Gigante Production) presented a project for the feature film JA SAM ANA at the 15th Sofia Meetings Coproduction Market, which won the FOCUSFOX Studio Award.
Ja sam Ana is Ado’s first feature film and it is at stage of development.
The story takes place during the Yugoslav wars when Ana, a young doctor, finds out that her father is a war criminal.