BELGRADE – The Maverick Movie Awards in the US have just announced their 2016 nominations – amongst them is the dark and atmospheric thriller Red by Branko Tomovic from Serbia.
Red is set in the underground world of illegal organ smuggling, the so-called red market. Niklas, a surgeon who lives a life of solitude and is tormented by self hatred, performs regular illegal surgeries for the red market. He works together with Mia, a young prostitute who lures her clients in and drugs them. Niklas is looking for a way out of this dark world, but owes his life to their violent crime boss Ed, who would rather kill him then let him go.
It’s the directing debut of Branko Tomovic (24: Live Another Day, Fury, City of Tiny Lights) and stars British actress Francesca Fowler (Doctor Who, Rome, Closure) with the acclaimed Irish actress Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Ballykissangel, The Silence, Doctor Who) as the violent and cruel crime boss.
The film picked up 8 nominations at the Maverick Movie Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Cinematography and Best Special FX.
Past recipients of the MMA Award include Robert Redford, Sophia Loren, Isabella Rosselini, Tom Berenger to name a few.
“We are all really thrilled and excited about this. We all worked very hard on this film and I am glad that it’s finally out there and people seem to really like it. It’s a very intense and atmospheric thriller and it’s wonderful to see how people react to it.” says Branko Tomovic.
Red has just started the festival circuit and will screen end of September at the prestigious San Diego International Film Festival. It has also been selected for the Tangier International Film Festival, the European Film Award qualifying International Short Film Festival in Drama, just won Best Short at Kraljevski Filmski Festival in Serbia and nominated for Best Short at the Naperville Independent Film Festival.