“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.
Ado already won three international awards for this short film:
– Audience Award at 8thBalkan Beyond Borders Film Festival in Brussels (Belgium)
– “Sentieri di Cinema” (Paths of Cinema) at 14thCorto Dorico Film Festival in Ancona (Italy)
– Best Comedy in San Antonio – Texas (USA) at My Love Michelle Short Film Festival
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.