Stefan Pavlović is an Amsterdam-based filmmaker whose work questions the role of intimacy in cinema. His documentary film practice investigates the uncontrolled realms of language. Stefan received his BA in film directing at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, USA and his MA in Artistic Research In and Through Cinema at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
During our Kitchen Conversations, we spoke about his first feature-length documentary – Looking for Horses. The film is a result of long-term research, titled: From filming intimacy to filming intimately, questioning the role of the camera within the friendship.
The beautiful documentary tells a story of a rare, one of a kind bond between the filmmaker Stefan and the fisherman Zdravko, who lost his hearing during the Bosnian war and retreated to a lake to live in solitude.
The film had its world premiere in April 2021 at Visions du Réel in Nyon, where it won the ‘Burning Lights Competition’ – an international competition dedicated to new vocabularies and expressions, to research and narrative and formal experimentation. Most recently, Looking for Horses got also nominated for the Doc Alliance Award 2021.