Fortress Europe is the latest semi-documentary film by Zilnik and was shot on the borders between Slovenia and Italy, Croatia and Slovenia and Hungary and Austria—i.e. the southern area covered by the Schengen Treaty governing the transit of migrants in Europe. As Zilnik notes in the accompanying interview, this new “wall” against the movement of people is more impenetrable than the Berlin wall. Read More »
A family finds itself in a dead-end situation. They are only safe behind the walls of their own house and yard. As time vanishes from their home, the shelter slowly turns into a prison. However, nothing can keep the children from dreaming and yearning to be free and the urge to make a decision seems inevitable.
A chamber piece drama that vivisects family values, almost like in ancient tragedies determined by doom. Read More »
A talk given at the “LACK II Conference on Psychoanalysis and Politics NOW” at Colorado College on Friday October 20th, 2017.
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Ziva, Andrej and Gregor are best friends since high school. Gregor is a soldier who is about to embark on a mission to Afghanistan and Ziva is going to study abroad. Andrej is their gay friend who hates everything, himself included. They decide to go to a road trip to the seaside like they did when they were in high school. When they arrive, they get drunk and Ziva and Gregor kiss each other, what brings tension to their relationship, while Andrej doesn’t know anything and just makes fun of everything, mostly of Gregor and his army ideals. The conflict erupts when Ziva, in a fit of rage, destroys their tent and tells a secret that enrages Andrej. Only then the true problem is revealed – Ziva is not going to study abroad, she was lying because she didn’t want to pity her. Read More »
The film captured the atmosphere of the 1920’s with effortless ease: this story of two school teachers Kristina and Ljiljana, the former a Slovene and the latter a Serb woman, lost somewhere in the Yugoslav provinces of the north is imbued from start to finish with the literary and visual spice of Dada and Surrealism. The story itself is hardly of importance; what’s important is that the teachers are forever dreaming of a new life in a big city. But – like those adrift on Gericault’s raft named Medusa in that classic painting of the French Romantic period – the important thing may just being on the move in a sea of chaos. The main question of the film is: did the avant-garde movement have a sense on the Balkans?
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Fourth lecture from the ‘Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture’ Masterclass Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, 17. June 2009, 3:00pm
A two hour, wide ranging, and topical talk. Read More »
After a long separation, a father and his son spend the day fishing on the river bank. On a beautiful autumn Sunday, surrounded by the majestic countryside, they seem to be alone in the world. They must start all over again. Read More »