Magazine article Screen International

'Hunting Flies' Director Plots Three More Projects

Magazine article Screen International

'Hunting Flies' Director Plots Three More Projects

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Macedonia-born, Norway-based director Izer Aliu, who premieres his debut feature Hunting Flies [pictured] in Discovery (sold by LevelK), is currently editing his second feature 12 Dares and has two other features in the works.

12 Dares, one of the best-received projects pitched in Haugesund's Work In Progress last month, will be finished by the end of the year to show to early 2017 festivals.

He is also keen to stay busy with personal work between bigger projects, making a "freestyle" feature called The Balkan Party, which he calls a side project without typical funding. That will shoot in February in Norway, and tell a story of youth clubs from different ethnic groups organising a joint party. The film explores prejudices between groups but Aliu says it is "mostly comedy."

12 Dares, a Swedish-Norwegian co-production produced by Lizette Jonjic of Zentropa Sweden, Maria Ekerhovd of Mer Film and Khalid Maimouni of Storyline, is a comedy-drama about a 16-year-old boy in Ryd, Sweden, who has to do 12 misdeeds to prove his loyalty to his gang of mates. He cast young amateurs in the lead roles.

Aliu set the film in a lower-income multi-cultural community where he grew up. It's the kind of area that's usually seen as sad or dangerous in most films, but he says he wanted to show the "happy stuff" and "lively" side of the youth culture there. …

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