A short movie made by Jelena Kostić with director / cameraman Vladan Janković and editor Marjan Rubeša

Wavering heels, a reaching hand, warped glances and a silent scream… With in the background just a constant pulse we watch three people in a high, cold space. You feel like a scientist who studies insects in a glass cage. Or rather an observer of the human species?

In a mysterious tangle of encountering and release we can solely interpret what moves these people from our own experience. A one-way mirror.

This film was created in 2014

CREDITS

choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
in collaboration with the dancers – Miryam Garcia Mariblanca, Ann-Christin Zimmermann & Blazej Jasinski
director and camera – Vladan Janković
video editor – Marjan Rubeša

Those who lead do so alone.

In the short dance film INTERLUDE a female protagonist goes through a lonely battle to fulfill her mission. She struggles with herself and dances for acceptance. In a large space this woman in power moves from bold to brittle, from strong to delicate. She passes those who shut her out and those who admire her in a search to dare to be vulnerable and soft.

Jelena Kostic and film director Harrie Verbeek first collaborated on this dance film INTERLUDE, with dancer Judit Ruiz Onandi in a leading role. 

CREDITS

directed by – Harrie Verbeek
choreography – Jelena Kostić
production – Monne Tuinhout
performance by – Judit Ruiz Onandi, Blazej Jasinski, Marleen van Uden, Marieke Monquil, Lili Kok, Helena Araujo, Julie Querre
director of photography – Marc de Meijer
editing – Sander Kuipers
grading & compositing – The Compound
music & sound design – Tom Sikkers
crew – Thomas Falk, Lou Cope, Elisabeth Kinn Svensson, Bilja Grgur, Maaike van Zijl, Jasmijn Krol, Alina Stefan, Eline van Gils, Ko de Kok, Alexander Colson, Dester van Nunen, Grip Enterprises, Kaspar Burghard, Jasper Leeman, Niels van der Kraan, Niels Zonnenberg, Emmanuel Tenenbaum, Liza Wolters, Leon van Egmond, Yola Parie, Floortje van der Graaf, Eric Maas, Nikola Kostić, Anna Alexandre
publicity – DansBrabant, Dirk Verhoeven
graphic design artwork – Anouk Stoffels

Interlude is a production of Stichting Kostić in coproduction with Branded Cinema & DansBrabant.

Going Home

Around the deathbed of father Theo, several of his family members gather. The situation weighs heavily on them and puts a strain on their interactions. Will they manage to get closer together and support each other when it comes down to it?

In the new Branded Cinema production Naar Huis [Going Home], director Harrie Verbeek and choreographer Jelena Kostić, after their previous collaboration on Interlude, once again bring dormant emotions to the surface in a powerful and sensitive dance film.

Actors Huub Smit, Hans Dagelet, Liz Snoijink and Beaudil Elzenga and dancers Patricia van Deutekom, Kim-Jomi Fischer and Rowan van den Boomen portray the troubled family members. The combination of Jelena Kostić’s poetic dance language and Harrie Verbeek’s subtle, natural cinematography guarantees a poignant and moving ‘Brabantse Beauty’.

This film was made in 2018, and was awarded the Publieksprijs at the Zuidelijk Film Festival 2021

CREDITS

Director – Harrie Verbeek
Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Cast – Huub Smit, Liz Snoijink. Hans Dagelet, Patricia van Deutekom, Kim-Jomi Fischer, Beaudil Elzenga, Rowan van den Boom
Production – Branded Cinema
Co-production – Stichting Kostić, Veldkamp Produkties, Omroep Brabant
Production design – Hans Borgman
Costume design – Biljana Grgur
Camera – Richard Spierings
Sound – Jan Wouter Stam
Music – Tom Sikkers
Producer – Monne Tuinhout
Light – Gerard Stam
1st assistant director – Ruut van der Beele
Repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Editing – Sander Kuipers
Final editing from Omroep Brabant – Lout Donders

When a chance supermarket encounter unlocks untapped passion in an ordinary woman, her grey life quickly goes into sensory overload. ‘Your approval is not essential’ sheds a colourful, whimsical light on what happens when you let go of your inhibitions and – out of the blue – start embracing life’s quirky pleasures.

This film was made in 2016.

Press

“Most successful is Your approval is not essential from the Serbian choreographer Jelena Kostic and the Belgian film director Leen Michiels – with high heels, rollerblades, a mountain of grapefruit and a naked cat in the lead. In twelve minutes we see what an encounter in the supermarket can do to a woman. Kostic constructed movements that combine despicable everydayness, maximum restraint and over-the-top action – a style characteristic of the choreographer. Philipp Schueller and Rens de Waal made a range of unorthodox outfits that add more and more color.” 

– Het Parool

CREDITS

Choreography by – Jelena Kostic
Director & writer – Leen Michiels
Fashion by Schueller de Waal
Art Direction by – Leen Michiels, Jelena Kostic, Schueller de Waal.
Cast – Ulrika Kinn Svensson, Majon van der Schot
Production – Yola Parie, Marie Klein

This film was created as part of Act! Cut! Play!, an initiative of FASHIONCLASH, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond and MoMu – ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen. Fonds Podiumkunsten, Fonds 21 and the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie

In trying to achieve something, sometimes you are your own biggest obstacle. In the short dance film My Own Worst Enemy, Jelena and film director Harrie Verbeek explore the psychological processes involved. Dancer Noëmi Wagner portrays the struggling protagonist in various symbolic situations.

After Interlude (2016) and the grand Going Home (2019), this is the third joint film project by Jelena and Harrie Verbeek.

CREDITS

A film by Jelena Kostić and Harrie Verbeek
Director – Harrie Verbeek
Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Concept development & dramaturgy – Lou Cope
Artistic advice & repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Dancer – Noëmi Wagner
Produced by – Stichting Kostić & Branded Cinema
Production design – Hans Borgman
Costume design – Biljana Grgur
DoP – Richard Spierings
Camera – Johannes van Beeck
Gaffer – Paul Roelofse
Sound – Jan Wouter Stam
Art director – Tim Tubée & Hans Borgman
Music – Tom Sikkers
Editing & VFX – Frans Suijs & Roy Berendsen
Color grading – Frans Suijs
Director of animation – Matty Jorissen
Production – Monne Tuinhout