Feature film, in development
A seemingly boring vacation with two old ladies turns into a life changing experience for 11 year old Sofia as she kisses a boy, reunites with estranged family and faces mortality on an idyllic island in the Mediterranean.
Director: Radivoje Andrić
Writer: Ljubica Luković
Producers: Maja Popović, Milan Stojanović
Based on the book by Jasminka Petrović
Original title: Leto kada sam naučila da letim
Genre: Youth, Family
Developed through Film Teep 2016
Film Center Serbia, Creative Europe MEDIA and SEE Cinema Network
“With a clearly defined genre and style, and a strong signature of the author, this adaptation of Jasminka Petrovic’s novel possesses all the qualities of an exceptional family film as well as for children. At the same time the treatment is extremely touching as well as bizarrely humorous, told in a modern cinematic language that is close to young generations growing up in the digital age, with strong characters that linger in our memory long after reading. This is a story about growing up, about family, about the past and the future, as well as the power of forgiveness. Leaning on a rich tradition of Yugoslav “youth” film, the treatment for How I Learned to Fly not only manages to reach the expected goals, but fully exceeds them.”
Film Center Serbia selection committee
About the director
Radivoje Andric’s films gained great popularity with the regional audience and achieved cult status. He is one of the rare directors who’s work has been acclaimed by the critics, numerous international festivals and wide audience. His first feature THREE PALMS FOR THREE PUNKS AND A BABE (1998) had a regional audience of 280.000 while his second feature DUDES! (2001) was a positive example of a low-budget youth film that exceeded all expectations and was seen in the region by more than 570.000 admissions in cinemas. His third feature WHEN I GROW UP; I’LL BE A KANGAROO was also a box-office hit that was awarded at Thessaloniki IFF and Motovun IFF. He is the author of the children’s book HOW TO MAKE A FILM, published in Indonesia, China and Poland.