Ado Hasanović made a new short film Nomofophobia that speaks about illnes of the 21st century


a short film directed by Ado Hasanović

film crew of Nomophobia

Ado Hasnaović filmed and produced a new short film this summer. Film was written by Elisa Bondavalli. After three months of the preparation Ado together with his crew shoot a film in Rome only in one long take.

“Nomophobia is my first short film shot in a long take. It was hard to make it but at the same time very stimulating experience. To make a good long take sequence you have to do preparation and think about every little detail.  Choose right and good actors, do lots of rehealshals, choose the right location, think of the colors of photography, the costumes, the sound, the camera movements … Bring life to a scene that will live forever and it must be turned into a single breath! Nomophobia is all this, it is a lot of work, but it is also a disease: a disease that allows us to reflect on the emptiness of values of our society. ” Ado Hasanović

Actresses of the film are Tiziana Bagatella and Lisa Granuzza di Vita; Director of the photography is Juri Fantigrossi, Camera operator is Leonardo Kurtz, Set Design is Angelica Morelli, Costume Design Serena Manfredini, Sound and Boom operator Biaggio Gurrieri, Original music was created by Boris Riccardo D’Agostino  and it was all organized by line producer Chiara Crucciatti.

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…

Film Frame of the actress Lisa Granuzza di Vita

Director’s note and vision of the film

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.

Film Frame of the actress Lisa Granuzza di Vita & Tiziana Bagatella



PINK ELEPHANT by Ado Hasanovic is selected for 65th Pula Film Festival


Izudin Bajrovic, Amila Terzimehic

“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

Amila Terzimehic

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.

backstage Pink Elephant

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.

Jasna Zalica, Izudin Bajrovic

«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».


backstage Pink Elephant

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.


Ja sam Ana, project by Ado Hasanovic won an award in Sofia, Bulgaria

Ado Hasanovic, Massimo D’orzi, Simona Banchi and Luciano Sovena

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.

Pink Elephant at Balkan Florence Express

After the screening of Pink Elephant, Ado Hasanovic attended a Q&A session

Ado Hasanovic, a guest of this year’s Balkan Florence Express Film Festival edition, presented his short film Pink Elephant in front of the audience.

The screening took place on 24th February 2018 at Cinema “La Compagnia” in Florence.

In the preview editions of the festival two other of his short films were screened, Mama (2013) and Memorie Condivise (2014).