Exclusive Interview: Filmmaker Armin Siljkovic talks Fall release “DEATH WAITS FOR NO MAN”.
The Postman Always Rings Twice meets Drive in writer-director Armin Siljkovic’s neon-doused indie noir-thriller Death Waits for No Man.
Expected to release late 2017/early 2018, it’s the unnerving and complex chronicle of a neon art collector that seduces a lone drifter into killing her abusive husband.
Black Sails’ Angelique Pretorius headlines a cast that includes Bradley Snedeker, Corey Rieger and Travis Myers.
“Death Waits for No Man” is released this Fall.
-PH: How did the film come about, sir?
-Armin: It started as an idea to make a modern film noir – a film set in a dark world populated with shadowy people. It’s a contained story for the most part, so it was important that all of the main characters were interesting enough to sustain a story like that for the duration fo the film.
-PH: Tell us about the script – was it inspired by any of today’s events, for example?
-Armin: It wasn’t inspired by any particular event, it’s very much a fictional story. I like movies that aren’t neccessrily based on real events, movies that take us into another world that looks like the real world, but only on the surface.
-PH: The movie has been likened to A Postman Always Rings Twice. How accurate is the comparison?
-Armin: Death Waits For No Man features the classic noir set up — a woman seduces someone into killing her husband. But it was important for me to take that premise and do something new with it, twist it in a way that we haven’t seen before.
-PH: And does this film have a shocking murder scene too?
-Armin: Well, I’d rather not say, I don’t want to spoil it for the audience. But I don’t think people will be disappointed in that regard.
-PH: How tough is it for not only you as a filmmaker, but for your cast, to shoot such scenes?
-Armin: They can be tough to do, but that’s mainly on the technical side.
-PH: How would you describe the tone?
-Armin: It’s a story that’s driven by its characters, and so it the plot, with lots of twists and turns. I think the tone reflects that — it’s a dark and serious movie with high stakes for all of the characters involved.
-PH: And the look of the film suggests a colour palette and even similar tone to ‘Drive’. Was that intentional?
-Armin: Color certainly plays a big role in Death Waits For No Man, we dressed and lit each room in the house in a particular color, and used various neon lights to accentuate that.
-PH: When did you watch your first cut?
-Armin: I edited the film myself, so the process is different for me. The first cut took only about a month to complete, but then it took a lot longer to get the final cut done.
-PH: When did you have your first showing? Did it play in festivals?
–Armin: We’ve had several private screenings but so far it hasn’t played at any festivals.
-PH: In terms of distribution, what are you thinking?
-Armin: Our sales agent is working on that right now, they have a strategy that they’re confident in, so I’ll leave that up to them.
-PH: How much does a theatrical release mean to a filmmaker these days?
-Armin: I think ultimately, it’s every filmmaker’s goal to have their film projected on the big screen in front of an audience. But nowadays, if that doesn’t happen, it’s not a big deal as it was years ago. Because they are so many ways that your film can reach an audience, from streaming, to video on demand, to Blu-ray etc.
-PH: Are humans capable of as much evildoing as movie monsters?
-Armin: On the contrary, I think they’re capable of more evildoing than monsters. The best villains are often the human villains, even in horror movies.