Director: Mladen Kovacevic
Serbia, 2013, 53 min
WINNER: Spirit Award
Crew:Executive Producers: Mladen Kovacevic - Producers: Mladen Kovacevic - Screenwriters: Mladen Kovacevic - Cinematographer: Pablo Ferro - Editor: Natasa Damnjanovic - Composer: Nemanja Mosurovic
The traditional leaf-players of Serbia are slowly fading away. Vera, a private detective retired to the village where she grew up as shepherdess, and Pera, the know-it-all peasant of many esoteric skills, are some of the last remaining expert leaf-players in the country. Both in the autumns of their lives, they are still strongly blowing into leaves, producing amazingly unique music. Josip, an inventor of musical instruments, has set out to decode their obscure artistry and the result is 'Unplugged' - an existential allegory about music played on tree leaves, humorously rattling between the most primitive of instruments and the most universal escapism of music. Music has rarely been so offbeat.
About the director
Mladen Kovacevic has studied film in Belgrade, London, and Cape Town. Since his wholehearted dedication to documentary films few years ago, Mladen made two commissioned and one thematic documentary ("Dumbfounded hog"). Unpretentious and ridiculously successful "Unplugged" is his debut documentary feature, while his latest project "The Wall of Death, and All That" is currently in production.