SOP: Igor Drljaca’s The Waiting Room

Igor Drljaca, Acclaimed Director of Krivina

Returns With His Sophomore Feature 

The Waiting Room

Director Igor Drljaca on set

Following the success of Igor Drljaca’s critically acclaimed feature film debut Krivina – an official selection of TIFF 2012 – TimeLapse Pictures along with Gearshift Films and YN Films, have commenced principal photography on The Waiting Room, Drljaca’s sophomore feature film.

Written and directed by Drljaca, the film is set and currently being shot in and around Toronto. The film will be ready in the summer of 2015 for an expected festival run, and a prospective theatrical release in early 2016.

An English and Bosnian language feature, The Waiting Room is produced by Drljaca’s TimeLapse partner Albert Shin – who himself directed his sophomore film In Her Place (an official selection of TIFF 2014 and the San Sebastian International Film Festival, among others) which continues to collect awards and travel to much acclaim. And producing alongside TimeLapse is Borga Dorter and Jordan Barker of Gearshift Films, and Munire Armstrong from YN Films.

The Waiting Room follows Jasmin (Jasmin Geljo) once a successful actor in pre-war Bosnia, now living in a subsidized apartment in Scarborough with his second wife and 10 year-old son.  Struggling to reinvigorate his acting career, Jasmin juggles a construction job and busy audition schedule, while secretly plotting to return to his native country. But when a role triggers memories of the Bosnian war, and outside pressures begin to mount, Jasmin is forced to confront his own mortality.

“This film has been in the making for three years, and I’m thrilled to finally be starting production, says director Drljaca. “It is a real pleasure to reunite with my Krivina cast Jasmin Geljo and Goran Slavkovic, and revisit this topic that hits so close to home.”

The Waiting Room has been generously funded by Telefilm Canada, Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and The Harold Greenberg Fund.

About the Director:

Born in Sarajevo, Igor Drljaca moved to Canada in 1993 due to the war in Bosnia.  He completed his Master’s in Film Production at York University.  He is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter artist award for media arts.  His award winning shorts include WOMAN IN PURPLE (2010), and THE FUSE: OR HOW I BURNED SIMON BOLIVAR (2011), which have screened at hundreds of festivals worldwide. His critically acclaimed first feature film KRIVINA premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.  His third feature TABIJA, which is in development, received International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Cinemart Eurimages Prize and was also selected for the prestigious Cannes L’Atelier program.

About TimeLapse Pictures:

Filmmakers Igor Drljaca and Albert Shin met at York University while studying in the film production program and created TimeLapse Pictures, their production company based in Toronto, Canada. Having completed three feature films and nearly a dozen short films, the company has garnered worldwide attention that has earned them countless awards.

About Gearshift Films:

Gearshift Films was founded in 2009 by award-winning filmmakers Jordan Barker and Borga Dorter.  The Toronto-based company produces film and television projects with a universal appeal and high entertainment value across a wide spectrum of genres.  Gearshift Films recently wrapped production on the family adventure film LOST AND FOUND starring Jason Patric (Lost Boys, Speed 2) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).  Other feature credits include TORMENT starring Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) and HOME SWEET HOME by French genre director David Morley

About YN Films:

YN FILMS was established in 2006, with offices in Toronto and Istanbul and has produced many award winning short films, documentaries and feature films including WHITE AS SNOW(dir: Selim Gunes), which premiered at the Chicago Film Festival ’10.  YN Films is currently developing several projects with filmmakers from the Middle East and Canada, which include THE FABULOUS ADVENTURES OF INÉS (Carl Bessai), BORHAN (Mahmoud Al Massad), and IN THE NAME OF HONOUR (Noura Kevorkian).