A first in Serbia!

A first in Serbia!

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Laetitia Mallette could hardly have found a more unusual place to launch the international career of her first short film, Kiss me therefore . It is indeed in Bajina Basta, a small town in western Serbia, that the young 21-year-old filmmaker will present her film on Friday evening.  

“Before I left, my dad said to me, 'Enjoy it, because it's not every day you get the chance to go there.' He is right! » laughed the Quebec director in a telephone interview granted to Journal on Tuesday, the day before her arrival in Serbia.

Kiss me therefore, his first production is part of a selection of 25 short films that will be screened at Bajina Basta this weekend as part of the Basta Fest festival. The screenings will take place under the stars, in the bucolic setting of this small Serbian town located in the Drina Valley.

“It's quite an honor to be able to present my film at this festival because only 25 short films were selected, out of the 700 films submitted this year, underlines the young filmmaker. I am very grateful for everything that happens to me. I'm only 21 and this is my first film! »

Self-financed

Laetitia Mallette shot Embrace-moi sotwo years ago, when she was only 19 years old and had just finished her DEC in cinema at Cégep Marie-Victorin. The film, which was also presented at the Festival Regard de Saguenay last March, tells the story of three young people who flee Montreal and take refuge in a chalet after experiencing trauma following a tragic accident. < /p>

Laetitia Mallette managed to convince the actors Robin L'Houmeau and Marguerite Bouchard to participate voluntarily in the shooting of her film, entirely self-financed. 

“ I was looking for actors who were going to embody these characters in a human way, and that's what they did, says the Montrealer. I took a chance even though no one knew me and knew who I was. I wrote to them to tell them that I had written this short film, that I had no fee to offer, but that I was passionate about cinema, like them. They agreed to act in the film voluntarily, which is still crazy. I am very grateful for what they offered and gave to my film.