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Conversation with Pavle Dragaš, Actor in the Film Sauvage



You are from this city, but you studied film theory in Strasbourg. How did you get your first film role?

Friends from college sent me a call from a casting group in Strasbourg where the profile that suited me was required. They knew I was interested in acting and that I wanted to become an actor. I went to the audition I immediately got the role.

In the film you speak Serbian. The sound and melody of our language enabled you to get that part.

It is true. In the beginning, I was supposed to speak French with an accent, but when I got my improvisations ready, the director asked me to pronounce everything in Serbian. When he heard the beauty of that language, he decided I would speak only Serbian in the film. He completely rewrote the script, and on the day of the shooting, I would be given dialogues.

Could you, actors, participate in the creative process and suggest solutions?

The director accepts suggestions, but I felt like I was in good hands. He had a very precise vision, he knew exactly what he wanted, so I was just doing my job and enjoying the role.

How do we interpret this film? Is this a film about unrequited love, freedom, search for oneself?

All together. Everyone can interpret the film in their own way, but the topics you have mentioned are the most represented. I believe the film is about freedom, the price of freedom. All these confines of society that the main hero overcame and stayed outside of them, he does not even have a phone. He is not the only one, none of these characters who prostitute have a phone, a house, a family. They are simply out of any norm. They do not perceive time the same way as other people in the social system.

The main hero of the film has the opportunity to start a new life, but he returns and cannot escape himself. Why cannot he escape from this vicious circle?

He even says in one scene ‘Why would I want something else?’ He does not want to get away from it, he wants to fight, he goes deeper into this story and work becomes more demanding. At the end of the film he stays because I believe he does not see himself anywhere else. He is afraid to belong to the society.

You stated this was not an LGBT film.

I said it was not in the foreground. I stated that because I think it would be the same impression if it was about any sexual orientation, because the film primarily speaks of love and freedom, the price of freedom.



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