Serbia

DEVIL’S TOWN – Đavolja Varoš

An impressive debut film by Vladimir Paskaljević about one day in the lives of a number of characters in today’s Belgrade: a poor girl desperately trying to become a tennis player, a prostitute’s daughter looking for her real father, a rich young man who is left by his girlfriend, a former emigrant who invests in building sites but without success and a mad taxi driver who blames the rest of the world for his misfortune in life.
 

Serbia 2009
Regie: Vladimir Paskaljević
82 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT read more

DIE BRÜCKE AM IBAR / MY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

The widowed Serb Danica has to raise her two sons in a Serbian- Albanian settlement by the river during the Kosovo War of the 1990s. One day the injured UÇK soldier Ramiz escapes into her house and during constant air strikes she nurses him back to health. The war, the hide-and-seek and the situation in the family makes them get closer. However, should she, out of her feelings for the man, risk her family’s life and hand him over to the military? Finally her neighbor makes the decision… read more

HONEYMOONS – MEDENI MESEC

Two young couples get ready to leave their home countries Serbia and Albania hoping to find a better life in Western Europe. But there is a lot in the way of the fulfillment of their dreams, particularly the fact that the obstacles that are in the way of their journeys carry in them the story of a past that they had believed was long-forgotten. HONEYMOONS is the first Serbian-Albanian coproduction ever.
 

Serbia/AL 2009
Regie: Goran Paskaljević
95 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./frz. UT
Eröffnungsfilm 19. IFFI
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KENJAC – DONKEY

During a summer holiday in 1995, while Croatia is at war, stubborn and always dissatisfied Boro drags his family from the Croatian city of Zagreb to his village of birth: Drinovci in Herzegovina. He hasn’t been there for seven years. Boro doesn’t want to talk to his father Pasko because he is supposedly responsible for the death of his mother. Boro continually quarrels with his wife. In the next two weeks he will have to face up to his own demons.
 

Croatia/BA/UK/RS 2009
Regie: Antonio Nuić
90 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
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Midwinter Night’s Dream – San Zimske Noci

Serbia, winter 2004. Lazar returns home after ten long years in prison. He discovers that the apartment where he used to live is now occupied by a woman, Jasna, the single mother of a 12-year-old autistic girl named Jovana. They are Bosnian refugees who have been squatting and have nowhere else to go. Lazar empathizes with Jasna and allows her and her daughter to stay. Little by little, these social castaways form a tight kinship as they grow closer together.

SRB 2004
Regie: Goran Paskaljević
95 min, Colour, 35mm, Original with English subtitles
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OPTIMISTI

Five scenarios in which people have trouble distinguishing truth from illusions. Each segment reflects the motto of Voltaire’s Candide: “Optimism is insisting everything is good, when everything is bad.” (IMDb)

Serbia/Spain/Switzerland 2006
Regie: Goran Paskaljevic
95 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Rotterdam 06

STARA SKOLA KAPITALIZMA – THE OLD SCHOOL OF CAPITALISM

In this mix of documentary film and fiction director Želimir Žilnik presents capitalism in today’s Serbia: an businessman who refuses to pay his workers, avoids to confront them and eventually gets kidnapped by a group of anarchists. The blackmail fails, and capitalism wins once again. The film is no ideological analysis, but a complex portrait of the consequences of globalized capitalism for a country that has only just joined in the game.
 

Serbia 2009
Regie: Želimir Žilnik
122 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
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When Day Breaks – Kad Svane Dan

Misha Brankov is a retired music professor. One morning he receives a letter requesting him to contact the Jewish Museum in Belgrade. At the museum, he learns that during some excavations on the sewers at the city’s Old Fairgrounds, an iron box was found in the same place where an infamous concentration camp was set up for Serbian Jews and Gypsies during the Second World War. The contents of the box will change the Professor’s life…  

SRB, F, CRO 2012
Regie: Goran Paskaljević
90 min, Colour, 35mm, Original with English subtitles
IFFI Prize of Honour
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