Serbia

Marko Djordjevic – Moj jutarnji smeh AKA My Morning Laughter (2019)

Synopsis:
A drama with underlying humor about the shame and despair that 30 year old boy feels on his way to losing virginity. Read More »

Boro Draskovic – Vukovar, jedna prica AKA Vukovar, Poste Restante (1994)

Review by James Berardinelli:
“If you turn on the evening news these days, one of the first images you’re likely to see will originate from the devastated former Yugoslavia, where centuries-old hatreds have boiled over to ignite a scenario of unspeakable horror. Yet the sights of Bosnia, presented by TV as gruesomely tantalizing tidbits of violence and death, rarely provoke a reaction from the casual viewer. That’s how it has always been with television news programs, however — their coverage of any event, designed for those with limited attention spans, is superficial in the extreme. It’s nearly impossible to generate any strong feeling for a situation, no matter how cruel or inhumane it is, when all you get is a quick series of MTV-like clips. Read More »

Oleg Novkovic – Beli, beli svet AKA White White World (2010)

Quote:In the Serbian drama “White White World: The Miner’s Opera” (“Beli Beli Svet”), the characters sing, but never dance. Formulated as a modern day Greek tragedy set in the decrepit southeastern mining town Bor, the movie follows a close group of alienated locals through misguided love affairs and other brash misdeeds. But the songs feature no choreography or other stylish methods of breaking the harsh, downtrodden tableaux. It’s a surprisingly effective strategy. With his sophomore effort, director Oleg Novkovic uses musical expression to frame inner monologues that would never work in spoken form. As a result, a story exclusively populated by damaged people engaged in morally ambiguous, often depraved behavior manages to evoke sympathy for all of them. Read More »

Dejan Zecevic – Neprijatelj AKA The Enemy (2011)

Bosnia, 1995, the seventh day of peace: an engineering unit is removing mines from the border between the two sides who, until recently, were at war. Each of the soldiers is burdened with experiences from the front line; each is facing his fears in his own way. Some are prone to self-destruction, some are happy to be alive, others take refuge in prayer… Suddenly, in the ruins of a destroyed factory, they discover a walled-in basement – and in it a man, who quietly sits behind a desk, next to an ashtray filled with cigarette butts, as if he were actually waiting for them. Pandora’s Box is about to be opened… – (MUBI) Read More »

Ognjen Glavonic – Teret AKA The Load (2018)

Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, surrounded by the consequences of the war. When his job is over, Vlada needs to return home and face the consequences of his actions. Read More »

Ognjen Glavonic – Dubina dva AKA Depth Two (2016)

In 2001, a mass grave was discovered in a suburb of Belgrade. Soon, more were to be found. DEPTH TWO investigates the hidden story behind these horrid discoveries, and takes us back to 1999 and the atrocities committed in Kosovo.

Using the verbal testimonies of perpetrators and victims, DEPTH TWO unfolds like a hypnotic thriller that follows the trail of this untold massacre, in an attempt to uncover and give a voice to stories that are still intentionally buried in silence. Read More »

Boris Mitic – In Praise of Nothing (2017)

A whistleblowing documentary parody, not exactly in prose, wherein Nothing tries to defend its cause. Brainstormed and filmed by 62 cinematographers in 70 countries, scored by cabaret grandmasters Pascal Comelade and The Tiger Lillies, narrated – in simple childish verse – by Iggy Pop. Read More »