Actor Slaven Došlo has enrolled as a young army recruit in successful Serbian TV series Vojna Akademija (Military Academy).
The popular RTS series has attracted large audiences with its entertaining portrayal of the lives and loves of young recruits inside a Serbian military academy since it aired in 2012.
Slaven will play Ilija ‘Ika’ Moraca, a charismatic but headstrong army cadet whose charm and popularity with the female recruits is challenged by the strict order of army training. Shooting on this new series will begin in May 2016.
After dominating Serbian cinema in the past year with highly praised roles in Pored Mene (Next to Me), Panama and Vlažnošt (Humidity), the acclaimed Serbian actor is set to conquer hearts with his latest small screen role.
“I am excited to join such a well-written and popular series as Vojna Akademija. Military life was never an option for me, so it will be interesting to play a young guy who was popular among his friends in civilian life trying to adapt to discipline as part of a troop in the army.”
“We have to go through a lot of physical preparation to make the show authentic. I hope I can stand up to the training, and that I look good in uniform, of course.”
Slaven was named Actor of the Year by Serbia’s Men’s Health magazine (Oct 2015), and is credited with challenging one of the great taboos of Serbian cinema with its first on-screen gay kiss in Pored Mene (Next to Me).
As well as earning critical praise for his scene-stealing performances on the big screen, Slaven is winning attention from European directors attracted to his star appeal.
Slaven first tasted international acclaim with his powerful lead in Panama (dir: Pavle Vuckovic), a contemporary thriller about sexual politics and obsession. After being lauded at the Cannes Film Festival, Slaven was named Best Male Actor by the Niš Film Festival.
But it was his next cinema release that was to catapult Slaven to mass appeal and see his face splashed across billboards and magazine racks for months to come.
Thanks to a notable lead role in the year’s biggest domestic film, Pored Mene (Next to Me), Slaven was the unchallenged face of summer in Serbia.
The ensemble drama from writer-director Stevan Filipovic was named Best Film at the Pula International Film Festival and won the Young Audience Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival, before topping the Serbian box office for more than a month.
Slaven’s stand-out performance as a sharp-witted college boy who enjoys Serbian cinema’s first teenage gay kiss attracted overwhelming critical acclaim at home and abroad, including international trade title, The Hollywood Reporter.
2016 started well for Slaven with his next release picking up the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival. Vlaznost (Humidity), a captivating drama from director Serbian Nikola Ljuca, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where Slaven was picked out as a young hopeful among the rising stars of European cinema.
Slaven studied drama at Belgrade’s Faculty of Dramatic Arts, under the tutorage of the esteemed actress Mirjana Karanovic, and joined the Novi Sad Youth Theatre soon after graduating in January 2015.
For his performance in the Special Sterija Award-winning play Life Stands Still, Life Goes On (Filip Vujoševic), at Belgrade’s Bitef Theatre, Slaven received the the Dara Calenic Foundation Award for Best Young Actor.