Branko Tomović debuts as a director with Vampir
- The Serbian-German actor's first directorial effort is an arthouse horror set to film in Serbia in June
Branko Tomović, a German actor of Serbian origin with an extensive international career that includes roles in Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum and David Ayer's Fury as well as high-profile TV shows such as 24: Live Another Day, is prepping his first feature-length film as a director, Vampir.
Billed as a “Serbian vampire tale”, it is a modern twist on the myth with Tomović playing Arnaut, a man who, after witnessing a crime in London and looking for a place to hide, is offered a job by charming yet ruthless local Vesna (Gorica Regodić, from Next to Me [+see also:
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“Our film is inspired by the real vampire cases that occurred in Serbia in the early 1700s. Those were the origins of vampires. Though Vampir is set in modern times, it’s based on those myths, superstitions and folk elements,” says Tomović, who also penned the script.
Vampir will be filmed in the English language on location in Serbia this summer. The start of principal photography is currently set for June. Jean-Louis Alexandre, of the UK's Red Marked Films, Dina Vickermann, of Germany's Vickermann Films, and Serbia's Miloš Z Vučković are on board as producers. Award-winning composer Mark Ashworth (ABCs of Death, Entity) will create an original score for the film.
Although this is his feature-length debut as a director, Tomović previously helmed the acclaimed shorts Red and The Smell of Petrol.
Below you can find the teaser poster for Vampir:
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