Drazen Kuljanin

Drazen Kuljanin

Bosnia and Herzegovina

I decided to tell this story in twenty scenes as there are 20 cigarettes in a cigarette pack. The challenge of telling more with less. The feeling of being in the moment. There is no cheating or cutting away. Everything happens in real time. The smoke that fills every scene of the film will make you want to run away and gasp for air. That is my intention. That is how our protagonist is feeling in her life and the audience is stuck with as long as the cigarette burns.

Kuljanin is a screenwriter and film director living in Sweden. He was born in Bosnia in 1980 and discovered stories thanks to his grandfather who worked at the local cinema. Kuljanin left Bosnia for Sweden in 1994 during the civil war and started making movies in his teens. In 2010, he graduated in screenwriting from Alma and started writing his first feature. HOW TO STOP A WEDDING was his directorial feature debut, it was shot in five hours on a train from Malmoe to Stockholm. The film won the 1-2 competition at Warsaw Film Festival.