About "KINGDOM LOST"
A film by Neven Rufio
Logline In turbulent alternate history Europe, a detective and a TV host team up to solve the murder of a young actress to whom they were both connected.
Short Synopsis Four decades after World War II, Europe is split into two alliances: United Europe (UE) in the West, and United Socialist Republics (USR) in the East. When Nina Kovac, a young actress from USR, is found murdered in UE, Detective Michelle LeBlanc teams up with television host Rose Christie, both personally connected to Nina. Together, they investigate links between Nina's last days in the UE, and the devastating end to USR civil war a few years earlier that paved the way to Nina's demise. As past and present collide, Michelle and Rose weave the political waters of this changing world to find justice for Nina Kovac.
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Mythology of Kingdom Lost was born out of an idea of a chamber piece mystery set on a television show, but as character development expanded, it became a more complex piece that spans through two different timelines. Kingdom Lost follows the main character Michelle in a chaotic first act served to set up the plot and characters. The plot begins unfolding in the second act at a pace that remains quick to the end. The story is structured around reminiscence of two lead characters, Michelle and Danny, and it often bends and breaks in a non-linear way. The past influences the present, it influences character relationships, old and new, and creates conflicts that come to a head when the timelines join. Even though the focus was innitially on plot, Kingdom Lost became as much, or more, about character development for the six leads. The six form relationships of love, lust, friendship, brotherhood, ambition, envy, and betrayal. The common theme among all six is that they are all orphaned children, and the story explores what it means for them to be alone versus having someone they can call family. Originally set in 1990's Yugoslav wars, Kingdom Lost instead took that only as inspiration and eventually expanded into an alternate version of European history, one that's not entirely unlike our present, but modified in a way that allows freedom of plot and character development, some interesting world building, and avoids taking sides in Yugoslav conflicts. As the story's author, I used personal experiences during early 1990's wars to enhance this aspect of the story with a degree of authenticity. Kingdom Lost is designed to be rich and varied in content. Plot progresses through frequent switches. The setting often reveals new sides to its world. The attached actors who joined the film bring exciting dynamics, attention to detail, and emotional power. Pale Princess short film serves as the story's prologue, focused on Nina, the central character, and history of violence in her childhood. The second short, Neon & Blood (in development), will focus on world building and plot related events that eventually tie into the first act of Kingdom Lost. Both shorts are able to function independently, but individually and as a whole, demonstrate the atmosphere and visual identity of Kingdom Lost.
Neven Rufio is a writer and director. He was born in Yugoslavia, and lived in four different countries, including Canada where he finished film school. In 2017, Neven completed his first film 'Blue Eyes'. Soon after, he started development for a feature film project 'Kingdom Lost'. 'Kingdom Lost' and its expansive mythology spawned a prologue short 'Kingdom Lost: Pale Princess', and an upcoming 'Kingdom Lost: Neon & Blood". Neven currently resides in Serbia.
Blue Eyes (Feature Film) 2017
Kingdom Lost: Pale Princess (Short Film) 2018
Kingdom Lost: Neon & Blood (Short Film, in development) 2019
Kingdom Lost (Feature Film, in development)