INTERVJU INTERVI EW 26 | Intervju » Interview I NT E RV I EW N I KOL A P E J AKOV I C, ART I ST I tell stories about preserving the soul Our bodies, just like our lives, aremerely a flash in eternity, a second and nothing more, but the soul is eternal.We are, in a way, talking about the attentionwithwhich one should take care of one’s soul; to leave to the Earth that which is hers, and to take with us only that which is eternal Actor, screenwriter, director andmusician Nikola Pejaković Kolja (54) has a pulse, passion and the aura of an artist who was born in Banja Luka and grew up among the hills of the Balkans. He has a wellknown name and surname, but only a rare few really know him. But the public always seek more from him – another TV series, a new film, a concert... Arriving this November is Kosti [Bones], as a sequel to Mesa [Flesh], a TV series and film that won numerous awards worldwide, while he is also preparing a film about one of the most beloved musicians from this region - the sorrowful poet and bohemian Toma Zdravković… Nemam lokalpatriotski pogled na Banjaluku, već kritički, običan, svakodnevni. Mene više zanimaju vreme i okolnosti u kojima stasavaju generacije; promene vremena i sistema I don’t have a local-patriotic view of Banja Luka, but rather a critical, ordinary, everyday view. I’mmore interested in the time, in the circumstances under which generations grow up; changes in times and the system Following the phenomenal success of ‘Mesa’, we are awaited this November by the premiere of its follow-up, ‘Kosti’. Although this is the second part of a trilogy, the stories won’t be connected directly? - No. e contents, plot, characters and everything is new. Apart from Banja Luka, which is the same, always the same… Yes, your Banja Luka - you elevated the city to the world stage, given that Meso travelled a lot. What is the most important and most beautiful thing you would say about Banja Luka to a foreigner? - I’m not the best interlocutor for that. I don’t have those sentimental spectacles; I don’t have a local-patriotic view of Banja Luka, but rather a critical, ordinary, everyday view. I’m more interested in the time, in the circumstances under which generations grow up; changes in times and the system. Banja Luka has been living in a fictitious history for 60 years already, false and imposed. It is slowly freeing itself of that, but it will take a long time to return to the values and standards of Ban Milosavljević, before the creeping communist revolution wrapped up in the National Liberation War [WWII]. We’ve met Mirko and Slavko, now we’re awaited by two guys who are both called Kosta but who are nonetheless completely different people. e series deals with the post-war period, which, as you once stated, flattens everything. Will they both break bones and will it be tough for us to watch?