Vladimir Tagić: “We realized too early that every change is impossible”
The interview with Vladimir Tagić, one of the “Morning Changes Everything” series creators has been conducted by Milena Ilić Mladenović.
Translated by: Ivana Tubić
A few days ago, for the first time, I have seen a negative comment on Facebook regarding the “Morning Changes Everything” series. “Some young people are going to parties and listening to good music, but nothing is happening.” Honestly, I do not know whether the person who wrote the comment is watching the show or is simply resisting something that is currently popular. What do you think about such criticism? Does it affect you?
In the first year of my university studies, my professor Goran Markovic took the script which I was writing for a short film at the time, with his two fingers, like it stank, threw it under the desk and asked me “What is this?”, with a scornful look on his face. Then, a tirade about everything that was wrong in my script ensued and that is when I was slowly sinking and disappearing into my chair while sweating. If I have survived that, I will survive any criticism on social media. The comments on social media speak more about the people who write them, than the series itself.
The topic of this Libartes magazine issueis fear. What was your fear when you started working on the series?
My biggest fear has always been the same: that something I do is not good, that something I carry within me is not worth telling and that I am not talented.
What are the main characters afraid of?
They are afraid of the constant uncertainty, the intensity of life that starts to crush them mercilessly and the youth that passes.
The viewers relate to some of the events and characters. It is like they are at ease when they see other people fight similar battles, which they may not be able to say out loud. To which extent do the given frameworks and the society’s expectations interfere with the everyday life? What are the fears of the thirty-year-olds in Serbia?
The fears of the thirty-year-olds are whether they will manage to survive and how they will do that. These are my characters’ fears, too. There is no faith in any ideology, political system, any system of values for our generation. We realized too early that every change was impossible, and that it was very difficult to live with such starting position. The only thing left is bare survival and working things out, while the wishes we have from life, the needs of ego and growth of our personal “self” are greater than ever. And we are torn, on one hand we believe we are special and the world owes us EVERYTHING, whereas on the other hand, we get nothing. In this discrepancy, a rift originates, which results in frustrated, unhappy, melancholic people who are terrified before life.
We are all slightly mad at the fact the series does not last longer (both on the episode level and in the general sense– it has just started, and you are already announcing the finale). Are you perhaps working on another interesting project?
I am working on a screenplay for my debut feature-length film Yugo Florida and I hope I will manage to get money for its making in the next year.
Can you name five scary movies for the Libartes readers that they should watch?
These are not scary movies in the typical sense, they are not horror movies, but they are scary to me: The Death of Mister Lazarescu, Synecdoche, New York, Amour, Breaking the Waves, Funny Games.
And for the end, tell us a nightmare of yours.
I remember watching some crime series as a child in which a saxophonist was murdered. Twenty years after his death, murders of all the people that were connected to the saxophonist’s murder ensued, and each person was murdered after the famous theme song by the saxophonist played in the dark of some street, the sound grew numb in their bones and they saw a man playing the saxophone that looked exactly like the murdered saxophonist, as if he had never died. For many nights I have dreamt about the saxophonist going into my room while Iwas sleeping, standing at the corner of my room and playing that exact theme song, right there, above my head.
Vladimir Tagić was born in Belgrade in 1986. He completed undergraduate and master studies of Film and Television Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He is an undergraduate student of General Literature and Theory of Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. A student of Film and Television Directing generation at the FDA of 2011. An assistant director on feature-length films“Panama” by Pavle Vuckovic, “Homeland” by Oleg Novkovic, “Requiem for Ms. J” by Bojan Vuletic, “The Load” by Ognjen Glavonjic and “Asymmetry” by Masa Neskovic. A screenwriter of a short-feature film WIRE by director Ivan Bukvic. An author, director and screenwriter of TV series Morning Changes Everything (2018) in production of RTS. A screenwriter and director of short feature films Emergency Exit (2014). Awards: Best Screenplay – Munich Film Festival 2015, Best Actor In A Leading Role – PAFF 2015, Special Recognition Award for Direction – Golden Knight Russia 2015, Special Recognition Award for Artistic Vision – Cinema City Novi Sad 2014. International film premiere at the CLERMONT FERRAND festival competition section in France. The film was screened at the Cannes festival in 2017, within the ACID TRIP selection. The film was screened at over 30 international festivals in Germany, Italy, Israel, Thailand, Lithuania, Japan, Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Belgium…Stevan M. Zivkovic (2010) Awards: Duka Fest Banja Luka 2010 – Best Film, FSF Belgrade 2011 – Best Balkan Film, Short Meter Belgrade 2011 – Best Editing, Cinema Cty Novi Sad 2012 – Best Direction, SBB Contest 2013 – Best Film, JSFF 2015 – Best Serbian Film. The film participated in over 30 domestic and international festivals: Munich Film Festival 2011, Golden Knight film festival in Russia 2011, Vukovar Film Festival 2011, Comedy Cluj Film Festival 2012 Romania. Good Morning, Petrovic Peter (2009), Kriterion Film Festival Sarajevo 2009 – Best Film.
Interviewed by Milena Ilić Mladenović
Born in 1986. Graduated from and completed her master’s studies at the Department for General Literature and Literature Theory at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. Writes short stories and long poems, incompetent essays, and competent recipes. Records stories of her sons.
Translator: Ivana Tubić is 23 years old and was born in Belgrade. She is a English language graduate and she is currently studying for her master’s degree at the Faculty of Philology. In her spare time, she listens to pop music, works on drawings and engages in translation. A huge fan of Rihanna, and her life is colored in glitter and shades of coffee.
This article was published in December of 2018, within the Fear topic.
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This article was originally published in Serbian and you can read it here. Translated into English by Ivana Tubić.