The opening ceremony of 'Belgrade Escape' at the Topcider Park in a historic part of Belgrade. (Photo: CRI)
Filming of "Belgrade Escape" started in the Serbian capital on Thursday, marking the first co-production movie between Serbia and China.
Filming of the movie co-produced by Chinese Fujian Broken Films and Serbian Emote Film began at a ceremony at the Topcider Park in a historic part of Belgrade, attended by the representatives of the Chinese embassy, Serbian ministry of culture, Film Center of Serbia and the media.
Producers revealed that the story of "Belgrade Escape" directed by Wang Zhongyan is about a woman searching for her father who moved to Belgrade 20 years ago with "reconciliation, maturing and family love" as the main topics, but that it also includes "popular action scenes and shooting".
Lian Kai, who plays the role of the father, appeared in front of journalists with a cut on his left cheek, revealing that the crew already filmed three scenes on Thursday morning, in one of which his character got injured by Serbian actor Dragan Micanovic.
"My character spent 20 years in Belgrade struggling to make a living from some illegal trade. Suddenly the daughter he didn't know appears in Belgrade. The story is about this relationship between daughter and father. Also, I owe a lot of money to Dragan Micanovic's character and he is forcing me to do bad things," he explained.
Micanovic recalled his previous appearances in China, in a theater play of the Yugoslavian Drama Theater in Beijing and Shanghai in 2017, as well as his earlier work on a British movie in Shanghai several years ago.
"It is my great pleasure to work on the first Chinese-Serbian co-production film. I am sure that this will be one of my most-viewed movies," Micanovic told journalists, confirming that he is interpreting the role of a villain.
Producers told journalists that the movie is budgeted at around 1.5 million euros (1.75 million US dollars) and that 30 shooting days are planned in Belgrade, concluding on August 23.
Boban Jevtic, director of the Film Center of Serbia stressed the importance of the first Sino-Serbian film project, explaining it as a result of good cooperation between the two countries and its cultural institutions.
The film crew and guests celebrated "Belgrade Escape" with champagne, symbolically unveiling a film camera to mark the beginning of the shooting.