''Ice'' is a story about all those who in times of economic astray, undefined revolutions, horrible political mistakes with even worse consequences, escaped trying to continue their life elsewhere, hoping to find some sort of normality and even happiness�. �Ice� is a dramatic confession of a forty five year old architect called Justin Arsenic who, in the mid nineties left Serbia for Chicago in search of a change�
In the novel Ice, Ivana Mihic employs a powerful style to throw light on the phenomenon of alienation, emphasized by the traumatic effect of the global financial crisis. We follow the experiences of Justin, an architect of Serbian origin who migrated to Chicago during the 1990s, where, after losing a rewarding job and rejecting the American conception of happiness, he finds himself alone, confronted with a series of failed relationships, in a sea of second-hand friendships and pointless quarrels. Eventually we arrive at the moment where this narcissistic and basically false conception of the world reaches bursting point; in the shadow of expensive skyscrapers, from the other side of dazzling shop windows, in dark clubs, with the piquant taste of erotic adventures and aromatic smoke from Gauloises cigarettes, the sound of jazz and E.K.V. verses, which seem as though they have been momentarily removed from a time capsule, we are treated to the final act of this drama dealing with Justin�s confrontation with his inner being.
Through her description of the hero�s descent into a whirlpool of passions which alternate almost like film sequences, like some sort of dream within a dream, the author reveals that beneath the cloak of icy emotions there still beats a living human heart.''
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About the Author
Actress, writer & film producer
Ivana Mihic was born in Belgrade, (Serbia). She finished ballet school as well as music school. She graduated from the University of Dramatic Arts (acting/master degree).
Her professional acting career started off in the theatre where she played the lead role of Sugar in the famous musical "Some like it hot" and Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerak...and main roles in over 20 films and TV series.
She is the recipient of the "yu Oskar 2000" award for her role in the film "Mechanism".
For her role of Snezana in the film "Mechanism" she received the award for best actress at the International Film Festival in Alexandria (Egypt).
Ivana has recorded a CD with music from the very popular thetatre performance of "Trinidad".
In 1995. she founded the film production company "Horizont 2000". As a producer and executive producer she has, so far, produced four films: "Buy me an Eliot", "Mechanism", "She loves Red Star", "Poor little hamsters"; one tv series,one tv film "The play of Mirrors",and also published one book "Perle od vode" written by Vera Cukic.
For the production of her films, she twice received the Silver Arena
award for best film in the Novi Sad Film Festival. She also received the Yu Fipresci award for best film twice. She has received many other awards for her work and has taken part in over 50 International Film Festivals with films from her production company "Horizont 2000". For the film "Mechanism" she won the international jury of critics Fipresci award for best film in Troia (Portugal) and the Findling award for the best Art Film in Cottbus (Germany).