Indie Film by Serbian Filmmakers Nemanja and Brane Bala To Have Limited Theatrical Release in the US and Canada
“Love Hunter,” the musical/comedy/drama by Serbian born filmmakers Nemanja Bala and Branislav “Brane” Bala, embarked on a North American tour beginning Valentine’s Day in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film was recently awarded best documentary –feature by the International Federation of Film Critics Fipresci Serbia.
The critically acclaimed film, starring Serbian rock star Milan Mumin, Jelena Stupljanin and Eleanor Hutchins, has screened at several international film festivals. The film opened theatrically in Chicago on February 14, 17 and 18 at the Gene Siskel Film Center; continuing on to San Francisco, March 5 at Roxie Theater; Washington D.C., March 5 at West End Cinema; Toronto, March 14 at The Royal; Las Vegas, March 25 at the University of Las Vegas, presented by Cinefemmes.
The film will begin a weeklong run in Los Angeles from March 13-19 at the Laemmle Music Hall Theatre.
“Love Hunter” first premiered in New York on November 14, 2014 and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, naming it “one of the most refreshing New York independent films since Ramin Bahrani’s Man Push Cart.”
The film chronicles a month in the life of singer/songwriter Milan Mumin, frontman of the seminal Serbian rock band ‘Love Hunters’ that gave a voice to a generation of young Serbians during the turbulent 1990s. Now, ten years later we find Milan driving a taxi in New York City and cobbling together funds for a studio session to make his dream album – to be recorded and released in America. When his bass guitar player suddenly quits, he finds a talented but prickly replacement and romantic interest, in a free-spirited guitarist named Kim. Just as rehearsals start to pick up steam, Milan’s longtime Serbian girlfriend Lela arrives with very different plans for their future. She wants him to come home to Serbia where his reputation will let him be anything he wishes, but Milan is determined to make his recording in America, at any cost.
The film mirrors the real life of New York City-based Milan Mumin, Serbian musician, composer, singer, songwriter, performance artist, and cab driver. Milan gained recognition for his work in 1995, when his group ‘Love Hunters’ won the Band of the Year Award in Serbia. In 1997 and 2000, he was voted the country’s Person of the Year. He has released 10 albums with ‘Love Hunters’ and in 2009 released his first U.S. album ‘Asthma Sky,’ featuring his American band ‘The Undercover Maniacs.’
Filmed entirely in New York City, in between real cab rides with a documentary-like crew, “Love Hunter” was directed and written by brothers Nemanja and Branislav “Brane” Bala, and produced by Nemanja and Branislav “Brane” Bala with Fay Ann Lee and their fellow alumni from Columbia Film School, Bogdan George Apetri (director of photography) and Biljana Ilic.
Kino Lorber will release the film via iTunes on March 17 and DVD/Netflix on April 15.
Photo Credit: Bogdan George Apetri