When I met Vladan in 2015 I was already impressed with his work; I was in New York City to interview him and director Francesco Munzi, in town with their award-winning Anime Nere (Black Souls).
Anime Nere is THE best film of that year, and my favorite. It’s got a compelling story, extraordinary acting, and gorgeous cinematography, thanks to Vladan.
“He (Munzi) wanted one part of the actors faces always in a shadow, like a Caravaggio painting,” Vladan told me.
“He wanted it to look like a Van Gogh painting. (It does!) and that requires totally different filters and light than other films that I had worked on.”
Then, I realized that Vladan had worked on so many of my other favorite films: Laura Bispuri’s Vergine Giurata, Sydney Sibilia’s Smetto Quando Voglio, and Paolo Virzì’s Tutti I Santi Giorni, to name a few.
More recently he blew me away with his work on Virzì’s wonderful La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy), starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti.
“I fell in love right away with the film as soon as I read the script,” he told me. “The cinematography follows characters and their constant mood changes throughout the film, but also through the scenes, and ultimately even in a single shot. There was one time that I invisibly changed the light during the shot because the character changed emotions while walking. I changed the light from warm to cold to follow his state of mind.”
“There are are several scenes in the film where Paolo wanted to shoot in light that’s particularly special because it doesn’t last very long, for example, the scenes at sunrise and also the really long scene at sunset. For me it was a cool challenge and I planned my work to accomodate this requirement of direction that brought a special atmosphere to the film. We liked so many of the scenes we shot at dawn so much that we switched them with a lot of the daytime scenes and we did it knowing that we’d be facing practical problems for the implementation.”
We’re lucky here in America; we can see Radovic’s work in Anime Nere and in Vergine Giurata.