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Inti Sraj, actress: Waiting for a good role is like a child waiting for Christmas

The beautiful and charming Sraj this year, after a pause of almost four years, returns to Macedonia, this time at the European Cinema Festival "CineDays", which is held for the 17th time from 8 to 18 November at the Millennium cinema and the MKC. Sraj will be part of the jury for the CineBalkan Programe

Inti Sraj is a Slovenian actress who the Macedonian public recognizes as Theresa, the main female character in Stole Popov’s film “To the Hilt”. The beautiful and charming Sraj this year, after a pause of almost four years, returns to Macedonia, this time at the European Cinema Festival “CineDays”, which is held for the 17th time from 8 to 18 November at the Millennium cinema and the MKC.
Sraj will be part of the jury for the CineBalkan Programe. He mother is French, but despite this she decided to live and work in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her biography states that she finished two Academies of Acting and Fine Arts, in Paris and and in Ljubljana. In the interview with “Republika”, Sraj recalls the filming of “To the Hilt,” saying that she was honored to work with Stole Popov.
“You have a surprisingly big number of very good actors, in Macedonia, according to the population. If I had to pick one I would put Toni Mihajlovski on the top of my list,” said Sraj.
The Slovenian actress has starred in many feature and short films filmed in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia. She recently finished shooting a Slovenian sitcom in Belgrade “Dragi Sosedje” and she was in India for the Asian premiere for the Croatian film “Comic Sans”. Though her career is more oriented towards film and TV series, Sraj plans to focus more on theater in the future.
“Cinema of course is my first passion. But waiting for a good role is like being a child and waiting for Christmas. So in the meantime I will explore theatre some more,” Sraj says in the interview with “Republika”.
Inti, the Macedonian public recognizes you as Tereza, the main female character in Stole Popov’s movie “To the Hilt”. After a pause of how many years are you coming back to Macedonia?
SRAJ: A little less than four years passed. I am very glad to come back. I made some dear friends in Macedonia that I will be very happy to see again.
What memories do you have from filming the movie?
SRAJ: The movie “To the Hilt” was actually quite an intensive and long process. I spent seven months during the shooting time and a couple of months prior to that and that is quite a long time to make all kinds of memories. This shoot was mentally and physically very challenging. So it is normal to have moments of tension, anger and even despair. But all in all it is full of magical moments surrounded by amazing people and a lot of laughter. It all started off with a collective excitement about being part of this project. We had horse riding lessons, that I really enjoyed, rehearsals with Stole, during which I very often thought how lucky I am for this opportunity. One of the nicest places of the shooting was at Sv Naum, it is so pleasant and calm there that you could feel the effect of calmness throughout the crew. Towards the end, everything started falling apart and it became more difficult. Regardless of the controversies at the end, we should keep in mind that It’s very rare to have such a massive movie production on this territory. It was a difficult task but the outcome was worth all the efforts. It was a big honour for me to work with Stole Popov.
How much do you follow the Balkan cinema industry? Do you have a favorite director from this region? What about an actor?
SRAJ: I would definitely like to follow more, but unfortunately the distribution for Balkan films is really bad. I also don’t download movies from pirate sites. So I try to see as much as I can on festivals. I very recently got the chance to finally see the movie Besa, from Srdjan Karanovic that I find amazing. I admire his directors decisions and acting wise, it is just brilliant. You have a surprisingly big number of very good actors, in Macedonia, according to the population. If I had to pick one I would put Toni Mihajlovski on the top of my list.
According to Cinedays’ program, what must not be missed?
SRAJ: I haven’t seen all the movies yet, so it will be unfair to comment. But I think it is important to support local movies. To have recognition at home is much more valuable than having it abroad. Artists need their public for reflection and artistic growth.
Your mother is French, and yet you decided to study in Slovenia where you graduated from two Academies, Acting and Fine Arts. Why did you choose Slovenia?
SRAJ: I actually finished the academy of art in Ljubljana and finished my acting school afterwards in Paris. I didn’t actually choose Slovenia, my parents decided to live there. And after experiencing Paris (8 years) I appreciate Ljubljana even more. Slovenia is a wonderful country to live in, the quality of life is really amazing. Less opportunities of course, but why should country borders be a limit?!
What are you doing now? Are you shooting a new movie or a series?
SRAJ: Recently I finished shooting a Slovenian sitcom in Belgrade called Dragi Sosedje. And I literally just came from India where we had our Asian premiere for the Croatian movie Comic Sans. For the future I am planning on focusing more on theatre. Cinema of course is my first passion. But waiting for a good role is like being a child and waiting for Christmas. So in the meantime I will explore theatre some more.
Is a new cooperation with a Macedonian author possible?
SRAJ: I wish for a Macedonian cooperation. It is a country of many talents.
By: Aleksandra M. Bundalevska