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Lončarević starts shooting Berina's Chakras

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- Marija Pikić stars and Oleg Mutu serves as DoP on the new Bosnia-Germany-Slovenia co-production directed by Faruk Lončarević

Lončarević starts shooting Berina's Chakras

Bosnian director Faruk Lončarević (Mum and Dad) started principal photography on his second feature film, Berina's Chakras, last weekend in Sarajevo. The film stars Marija Pikić (photo), who received accolades (including Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress) for her role in this year's Un Certain Regard title Children of Sarajevo [+see also:
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by Aida Begić, while Oleg Mutu, who was cinematographer on The Death of Mr Lazarescu [+see also:
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, 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days [+see also:
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and Beyond the Hills [+see also:
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, serves as the DoP.

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Berina's Chakras tells the story of the eponymous young artist (Pikić) who tries to cope both with her budding sexuality and her mother Jasna's (Croatian actress Mira Furlan, from Circus Columbia [+see also:
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) imminent death as her middle class, socialist family falls apart around her. Her father (Branko Djurić, most recently seen in Thanks for Sunderland [+see also:
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) cannot accept life without his wife, while her younger sister Luna cannot or does not want to grow up. For everybody's sake, Berina wants to save her mother’s life and her family the only way she can - through art, and through magic.

"We have avoided the most frequent issues of recent films from the region, such as nationality, religion and war," says Lončarević. "That is probably the reason why it took us five years to get into production."

Co-produced by Bosnia's SCCA/Pro.ba, Germany's Detail Film and Slovenia's E-motion Film/Vertigo, Berina's Chakras is budgeted at €690,000 and has received support from Film Fund Sarajevo, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Sarajevo Canton, the Hubert Bals Fund and Eurimages.

Principal photography will last until December 15, and the producers expect to release the film in winter 2013/2014.

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