Since the early 2000s, he has been present on the Serbian scene. He worked with great movie names in the West and confirmed the width of his talent. Radivoje Bukvic is an actor who is trusted, and much is expected from him with a reason.
Rasa Bukvic is an actor in the spotlight considering the success of the TV series “Besa” in which he has a noticeable role. The role of Nikola Tesla is awaiting him, which can be considered a major actor’s challenge. Behind him, he has a respectable career in Serbia and a noticeable work abroad. All his acquired experiences he has capitalized brilliantly.
Besa TV series is a very ambitious project. Considering the basic idea and realization. What impression did you have when you first read the script?
When I first read the script, I was scared by the feeling that we won’t be able to get to the level imagined by the scenario. Three years were spent on the process of making the scenery, carefully and persistently. All the details were considered. Certainly, the result was not missing.
The impression is that your role in this TV series is different from anything you have done so far, especially in the domestic cinematography. What was the most challenging in interpreting this character?
The most challenging and demanding fact was that the character of Uros was from the first until the last scene in very difficult situations. He was in situations in which he didn’t have possibilities for his own choices, and precisely that has caused my inner conflicts.
Very often, my being would rebel against the ways Uros must react in given situations in order to save the lives of his family. However, I had to control and restrain myself. I this role, I think, I finally had the space to face the authentic life drama that my character is experiencing, but also with myself.
You have an enviable experience of working abroad. To what extent did the work with respectable world directors meant to you in a professional wat, and how much personally, as a satisfaction, a way of validating your skills?
Personally, the fact that I was able to maintain my role as an actor outside of my own country meant a lot. This constantly encouraged me to continue the adventure of living in France and America. On the professional side, the most important knowledge that I have gained is how and in which way is the film industry working in the world today. This knowledge has helped me in my work so far, and it is still helping me nowadays.
You’ve probably talked about it many times, but how would you describe the great, worldwide known celebrities you’ve worked with?
People who have succeeded in their careers are generally very simple, relaxed and accessible. It is very logical, isn’t it? Those who are less accomplished often play the role of importance and particularity in some environment, to make up the gap between what they are and what they would like to be.
How did they accept you? Were they interested in something about the country you are coming from, Serbian cinematography?
I was and still am, very well accepted in the French film environment. Some of the acquaintances and friendships I gained there are for a lifetime and they have quite influenced my path and the way I think today. And yes, very often the people I met showed interest in finding out what Serbian film art is like nowadays. The information on how many people know our cinema is quite amazing.
You play the role of Nikola Tesla in “Luminous”. How do you prepare for this role? Are you excited?
I would be lying if I said that the role I was offered to play was like the others I had the opportunity to interpret so far. Nikola Tesla’s character, and especially his work, awakens great respect in me. I would be very satisfied to successfully bring closer to the ordinary viewer the fantastic and exciting inner world that this man possessed. However, since the shooting is planned for the next year, I still have time to prepare well the preparation strategy for that shooting, which I am looking forward to.
Do you have the impression that in Serbia a more serious approach is taken in filming TV series, and that is looking up to world standards?
By the availability of foreign TV series programs, mainly through the Netflix or HBO internet platforms, we are in a privileged position and able to see the way our contemporaries are thinking in America or Spain. We are also witnessing an increase in taste levels in the audience. Therefore, we are obliged to prepare a high-quality TV series program, more dedicated and following those standards. Today’s viewer is spoiled as he can choose from a dozen serial formats at the same time. Therefore, moviemakers must do their best to keep the viewer from changing the channel, and that is where the quality of the program is a keyword.
On the other hand, what is missing from the movie scene?
Scenario. Good scenarios are always lacking since this is a prerequisite for any film success. We are lacking the people who are willing to devote themselves to discovering all the secrets of the craft. There is a proverb in the movie world that I like: “A bad script can’t make a good movie, while a good script can make a bad movie.”