Pavle Vuckovic was born in 1982 in Belgrade, Serbia, and graduated from the Department of Film and TV Direction at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He has received two awards from the Cinéfondation at Cannes Film Festival, for short films Run Rabbit Run (2003) and Minus (2007). Run Rabbit Run screened at various festivals, including Busan International Film Festival, FilmFestival Cottbus, Mar del Plata, Kiev, Milan, and others. The film is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was shown in the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and London Tate Modern. As well as short films, he has also made music videos, commercials and TV shows, including the show Mile vs. Transition (2003) for the B92 TV Station. His first feature film Panama (2015) premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2015, in the Official Selection - Special Screenings. Panama (2015) sold to more than fifteen countries around the world, including Germany, the UK, South Korea, Japan, and Ukraine.
Tatjana ZEZELJ GOJKOVIC
Plan 9 is a production company from Belgrade, founded in 2009 as Collapse Films by Tatjana Zezelj Gojkovic and Pavle Vuckovic.
Plan 9 produced feature film Panama (Pavle Vuckovic, 2015), which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and was distributed to 15 countries. In Serbia, it reached an audience of 25,000 viewers.
Plan 9 has also produced music videos, and short films such as Emergency Exit (Vladimir Tagic, 2014), in Official Competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2015, and Plot (Pavle Vuckovic, 2012) which premiered at Busan International Film Festival in 2012.
Tatjana Zezelj Gojkovic graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, completed a course at the London Film Academy, and won a UCLA fellowship in the United States.
In 2015, she was awarded Producer of the Year (Luconosa) by the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. In Serbia, she has worked as a producer, executive producer, line producer/production manager, and unit production manager on various movies and TV shows.
Returning from an idyllic summer vacation, Maja, Ana and Petar take a break in an isolated mountain tavern. Maja, dissatisfied with the attention she is getting from her boyfriend Petar, starts flirting with the tavern full of only men. She goes to the toilet and doesn’t come back.
Initially, Petar and Ana are hesitant to go looking for her, but as time passes they start to search the surrounding area. They find Maja’s phone in the woods, before coming across an abandoned village in which an elderly woman appears to be the only resident. The old lady tells them that she hasn’t seen Maja, but in truth her grandson, Boris, has kidnapped Maja and is planning to marry her. Petar, looking through Maja’s phone, discovers that Maja has a lover in Belgrade and, furious, quits the search.
Maja manages to escape the house, and Boris pursues her. After a two-day chase, they fight in the woods, and finally, when faced with the choice between jumping off a cliff into a fast-flowing river or marrying Boris in the woods, Maja jumps from the cliff.
Boris jumps after her, and the two enter into a strange relationship of mutual sympathy, culminating in a sexual act. Although Maja still does not take Boris seriously, she will do when she realizes that for him death is better than being alone, and when she learns that she is pregnant with his child.