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The Smell of Petrol

The Smell of Petrol
Director: Branko Tomovic
Original title: The Smell of Petrol
Scenario: Branko Tomovic
Status: Moldavian Premiere
DoP: Benjamin Hodder
Age restrictions: +16
Music: Mark Ashworth
Country: Germany, United Kingdom
Scenography: Milica Todorovic
Production year: 2018
Costumes: Milica Todorovic
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Sound: Mark Ashworth, Guldem Masa, Lee Viesnik.
Duration: 12 min.
Editing: Ben Mills
Producer: Abby Mizon, Dina Vickermann,Branko Tomovic
Distribution (actors): Cosima Shaw, Laurence Spellman, Jumaan Zizzari, Jonas Khan, Christopher Sciueref, Alexander Devrient, Rouven Blessing


Single mom Jackie works as a human trafficker for illegal immigrants. She faces an unbearable task when she is confronted with a refugee baby.


About director:


European actor Branko Tomovic was born in Muenster, Germany, though his actual origin is from the Carpathians in Serbia. His parents emigrated in the 70s from the Golubac Fortress area on the Danube and Branko was raised between Germany and Serbia before he studied acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. Tomovic was first seen on the big screen in the lead role of the award winning American Film Institute/Sundance drama Remote Control (2001), for which he received the OmU-Award at the Potsdam Film Festival. Now currently settled in London, with his dark, brooding looks he has appeared in striking roles on British Television. He played the creepy main suspect Antoni Pricha, the Morgue Man, in Jack the Ripper thriller Whitechapel (2009), the pyromaniac Junky-Henchman Marek Lisowski in the final episodes of A Touch of Frost (1992) and Polish fighter pilot Miroslaw Feric in WW2 drama Bloody Foreigners: The Untold Battle of Britain (2010). He has been named "One to watch" by Moviescope Magazine and worked with internationally respected film directors as Ken LoachSönke Wortmann and Paul Greengrass. In 2010, he won the 'Best Actor' Award at the San Francisco Short Film Festival and at The Accolade Film Awards for his performance as a Serbian soldier who is tormented by grief and guilt after being a witness of war crimes in the drama Inbetween (2008). He also stars opposite Debbie Harry in Jimi Cauty 's Road movie Believe the Magic (2012) and 'Steve Stone' 's ghost thriller Entity(2012) with Dervla Kirwan and Charlotte Riley. Entity won two awards at the London Independent Film Festival 2013 and Best Film at the British Horror Film Festival where Branko was also nominated for Best Actor. The British Filmmakers Alliance honoured him as Best International Actor for his role. He is set to play the title character of Nikola Tesla in the upcoming bio-pic Tesla. In 2014, he played Jack Bauer's right hand man, the mysterious and dangerous Belcheck, next to Kiefer Sutherland in 24: Live Another Day. He was also seen opposite Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman in David Ayer's WWII drama Fury. In 2016 Tomovic made his directorial debut with Red, a short dark thriller set in the underground world of illegal organ trade. Branko stars in the lead role Niklas alongside Dervla Kirwan and Francesca Fowler. The Film has played numerous prestigious festivals, e.g. screening at the San Diego International Film Festival, Tangier International Film Festival, the European Film Award qualifying International Short Film Festival in Drama, and picking up awards and nominations at Kraljevski Filmski Festival, the Maverick Movie Awards and Naperville Independent Film Festival.