Tag Archives: Serbian

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 »

Zivojin Pavlovic & Dinko Tucakovic – Drzava mrtvih AKA The State of the Dead (2002)

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When the war in Yugoslavia breaks out, an army officer who’s ethnic Slovenian yet still believes in Yugoslavia, decides to move to Belgrade. The country continues to fall apart and so does his family failing to find acceptance there. Read More »

Aleksandar Petrovic – Tri AKA Three (1965)

Three encounters of revolutionary Milos (Velimir “Bata” Zivojinovic) with death during the war. In the episode one, Milos is watching the death of someone else. In the second episode, he is being prosecuted by Germans. In the third episode, he lived throughout the war in the situation to decide human lives. The dilemma which haunted him during the war stays: whether to punish or forgive. Read More »

Djordje Kadijevic – Praznik AKA The Feast (1967)

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Set in the mountains of Serbia, the film takes place during the Christmas time in 1943. Chetnics (yugoslav army in the homeland) are stationed in the village and they deal with two American pilots who have crashed in the mountain nearby. Initially welcomed, the Americans believe they have found allies who will get them to the Partizans (communists) very soon. It does not work out that way, and while they are dined and wined at first, later on they are detained. During the night, however, the two captives escape… 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 »