Goran Pavicevic recently took home the Best Cinematography Award at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival for his work on PyraMMMida. Made in Russia, this film also won the Special Jury Remi Award at the fest. The WorldFest screening was the film’s North American premiere, and its success at the festival bodes well for its planned NA theatrical run.
PyraMMMida reimagines the true story of the Russian equivalent of Bernie Madoff. During the “wild west” 1990s in Russia, talented mathematician Sergei Mavrodi built two separate massive Ponzi schemes in the 1990s that defrauded 15 million investors around the world. During his time in prison, Mavrodi wrote his memoirs, which also include what he calls his conversations with Satan. The cast of PyraMMMida includes several top Russian actors.
Pavicevic is from the former Yugoslavia. He earned an MFA at AFI in 1994, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1991. Pavicevic, best known as an operator and/or second unit photographer on Ten Items or Less, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Moonlight Mile, has fascinating stories about negotiating the language and cultural barriers while working with Russian crews on the 50-day shoot in Moscow. He shot the movie on 35 mm film.
More about Pavicevic and and PyraMMMida can be found at http://www.goranpavicevic.com
Here’s a photo of director Eldar Salavatov and cinematographer Goran Pavicevic taken at Worldfest Houston: