Why would anyone try out for a pantyhose commercial? Money? Fame? Because they think they're good looking (whether they are or not)? Such issues are explored in this fascinating movie.
In post-war Serbia, Goran Radovanovic
took out an ad advertising auditions for a pantyhose commercial. The
actors showed up, undressed, showed off their bodies, talked… The resulting
footage reveals them in a vulnerable state: often good-looking but down
on their luck in their depressed country, they are trying to look confident
and capitalize on their appearance, yet not many really want to exhibit
their bodies. It is an odd, semi-prostitutional state, which is further
compounded by the unrelenting question: did Radovanovic tell them they
were in a documentary as well as a screen test? Was he really hired
to make a pantyhose commercial?
Goran Radovanovic was born in Belgrade in 1957.
He received a degree in art history from Belgrade's Faculty of Philosophy
in 1982. After some time in Germany, he worked as a film critic, and
since 1984 has worked as a writer and director of fiction and documentary
films. In 2002, a retrospective of his work took place in Cinema Babylon,
Director Goran Radovanovic in person!