Tag Archives: Serbian

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 »

Zoran Calic – Vampiri su Medju Nama AKA Vampires are Among Us (1989)

In the first sequel of “Hi Inspector”, the cops Boki and Pajko get bored in their quite little town until the arrival of foreign visitors. These people reside at the local hotel where international conference on organ transplantation takes place. At the same time, the fresh corpses of deceased people begin to disappear, while the rumors about the vampires at the graveyard start spreading. The cops try to solve the riddle. 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 »

Zelimir Zilnik – Kud plovi ovaj brod aka Wanderlust (2000)

After decades of work in Italy and Germany, Giuseppe is retired and returns to his family home in Istria. He is lonely and his mother advises him to get married. She hands him over his father’s uniform from the Austro-Hungarian army. Giuseppe sets off on a quest to find a wife in the “transitional East” hoping to be warmly welcomed. The road takes him to Budapest, Montenegro, Vojvodina. His plan is not so easily realised… Read More »

Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Cengic – Gluvi barut AKA Silent Gunpowder (1990)

Synopsis:
Based on a novel by Branko Copic and set during World War II, the film tells the story of a Serbian village in the mountains of Bosnia and its villagers who found themselves divided along two opposing ideological lines, represented by the Chetniks and the Partisans. These two opposing sides are personified in the Partisan commander Španac (Mustafa Nadarevic) and a former royal army officer Radekic (Branislav Lecic. Španac comes off as a brainwashed fanatic, obsessed with his political agenda and willing to put them to practice at all cost, while the other is a practical realist, a local man whose priority is saving the local people from the turmoils of war, even if this means forsaking his own ideals. Španac sees him as the cause of villagers’ resistance to the new, communist, ideology and so the main plot axis is the conflict between them. Read More »