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"CINEMA BELGRADE" IN NEW YORK
06.10.2010.

A film series of current Serbian cinema will start next week. I hope you will be able to come to this program, which I curated for the Czech Center New York and Austrian Cultural Forum New York on the occasion of exhibition and city-wide program "Serbia – Frequently Asked Questions".


CINEMA BELGRADE
October 13-17

Presented by the Czech Center New York in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

VENUE:
Czech Center New York
at Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd St. (bet. 1st and 2nd Aves.)
Manhattan

Admission Free
No reservations necessary. Visit http://www.czechcenter.com for updates.

The city of Belgrade is vibrant as is Serbian cinema. Let yourselves be transported in time and space by works of a generation of filmmakers who recently entered the international film festival circuit and who contribute to the lively artistic scene not only in Belgrade, but also in Vienna and New York. The series curated by Irena Kovarova, is organized to accompany exhibition Serbia – Frequently Asked Questions at Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, on view through January 11, 2011.

Cinema Belgrade was organized with support from Film Center Serbia. Special thanks to Miroljub Vuckovic and Una Domazetoski.

Ordinary People is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative as part of the film series Global Lens 2010. Visit http://www.global film.org for more information.

CINEMA BELGRADE schedule:
All films in Serbian with English subtitles unless noted otherwise.
Wed, Oct. 13, 7pm
The Trap – NY Premiere!
(Klopka) dir. Srdan Golubovic, 2007, 106 min
screening with (A)Torsian ((A)Torzija) dir. Stefan Arsenjevic, 2002, 12 min

Thu, Oct. 14, 7pm
Here and There
(Tamo i ovde) dir. Darko Lungulov, 2009, 85 min
followed by Q&A with producer George Lekovic, actors David Thorton and Jelena Mrdja, and designer Mirko Ilic

Fri, Oct. 15, 7pm
The Danube
(Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunarea), dir. Goran Rebic, 2003, 90 min
screening with Run, Rabbit, Run (Bezi zeko bezi) dir. Pavle Vuckovic, 2003, 7 min

Sat, Oct. 16
Two films by Oleg Novkovic:
4:30pm
Miner's Opera – NY Premiere!
(Rudarska opera), 2005, 84 min
6:30pm
Tomorrow Morning – NY Premiere!
(Sutra ujutru), 2006, 84 min
followed by Q&A with Uliks Fehmiu, starring in the leading role

Sun, Oct. 17, 6pm
Ordinary People – NY Premiere!
dir. Vladimir Perisic, 2009, 80 min.
screening with Fabulous Vera, dir. Stefan Arsenjevic, 2005, 18 min


Film Descriptions (in screening order):

THE TRAP (Klopka), dir. Srdan Golubovic, 2007, 106 min.
Post-Milosevic Belgrade is the capital of a nation struggling for its soul, a country transformed into a moral and existential desert. The father of a boy with a heart condition that can only be operated on abroad is contacted by a man who offers to pay if the father will kill his business rival. If the father accepts, he saves his boy’s life but loses his soul; if he refuses, he will grieve as a righteous man till the end of his life. Presented at Berlinale IFF and Toronto IFF and traveled many international festivals. Film Movement release. New York public premiere.
Screening with
(A)TORSIAN ((A)Torzija), dir. Stefan Arsenjevic, 2002, 12 min

HERE AND THERE (Tamo i ovde), dir. Darko Lungulov, 2009, 85 min
A jaded middle-aged New Yorker travels to Serbia to earn quick cash by marrying someone for U.S. immigration papers, but the plan goes awry when the promised cash never arrives. Meanwhile, a young Serbian immigrant struggles in unforgiving New York, as he desperately tries to bring his girlfriend to the U.S. from Serbia. Premiered in the U.S. at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was named best New York narrative feature film. In Serbian and English with English subtitles.

THE DANUBE (Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunarea), dir. Goran Rebic, 2003, 90 min
A modern odyssey, a fairy-tale river movie. Together with old captain Franz and his rusty ship, a diverse mix of people flee, each for his own reasons, down the Danube east, toward the Black Sea. As a young man hauls a casket onboard, a dead woman’s will forces Franz to set sail down the Danube from Vienna. The film premiered at San Sebastian IFF and traveled festivals worldwide. In German with English subtitles.
Screening with
RUN, RABBIT, RUN (Bezi zeko bezi), dir. Pavle Vuckovic, 2003, 7 min

MINERS' OPERA (Rudarska opera), dir. Oleg Novkovic, 2005, 84 min
In this documentary, the director follows Milena Markovic, a big-city playwright and director, who comes to the largest strip-mining town in Serbia to produce Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera. The town is now dying out and the locals seek to drown their feelings of despair by engaging in the arts and becoming actors in the play, which also serves as a metaphor of their lives. Inspired by this experience, Novkovic directed a feature film drama WHITE WHITE WORLD: THE MINER’S OPERA based on Markovic’ screenplay, which received special attention at this summer’s Locarno IFF where it premiered in competition (for instance an indieWIRE review here http://www.indiewire.com/article/locarno_review_singing_serbian_depression_white_white_world/#). New York public premiere.

TOMORROW MORNING (Sutra ujutru), dir. Oleg Novkovic, 2006, 84 min
A drama of romance and displacement about a young man who returns to Belgrade from Canada after 12 years to marry his new girlfriend he met overseas. In the face of both joy and bitterness from his family and closest friends, he meets his former lover and must come to terms with his feelings for her. The story explores the hopes and disappointments of young people, and the never-ending quest to find oneself in a world of contradictions. Special mention in East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary IFF. New York public premiere.

ORDINARY PEOPLE, dir. Vladimir Perisic, 2009, 80 min.
At what point does a soldier turn from a human being into a killing machine? A busload of young soldiers is sent to a remote location in the countryside to carry out a macabre task: the execution of civilians. Dzoni, a green recruit, initially objects, but quickly becomes desensitized by the apparently routine nature of his task. Set in an unspecified time during the conflict in the Balkans, director Perisic’s highly attuned and unsentimental lens captures the psychological toll of war on its participants, and the universal struggle of all soldiers to reconcile morality with action. Premiered at Cannes IFF Critic's Week, traveled to festivals the world over, including Rotterdam IFF; winner of the main award at Sarajevo IFF. A Global Film Initiative release. New York public premiere.
Screening with
FABULOUS VERA, dir. Stefan Arsenjevic, 2005, 18 min (from omnibus LOST AND FOUND)


 
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