Serbian Films for Foreigners

Last Tuesday (yes, we missed it, sorry), the award winning Serbian movie Tilva Roš, directed by Srdjan Ležaić, opened a new film series called Serbian Films for Foreigners (SFFF) at KC Grad.

Serbian films for foreigners at KC GradExciting, intimate, loud, funny, dramatic and constantly questioning the world around us, the Serbian films latest Serbian films will be presented with English subtitles, followed by Q&A sessions with their directors.

Given the fact that Serbian movies are very rarely shown in domestic theatres with subtitles in any foreign language, this series will try to bring Serbian film stories to all of those who are interested in local film production. The main purpose of Serbian films for Foreigners, organised by Ključaonica and KC Grad’s European Centre for Culture and Debate, is to present Serbian film production and its talents and potentials to the growing number of foreigners who live and work in Belgrade, as well as the one who are discovering the Serbian capital as visitors.

The doors of this mini-festival are also open for the local movie enthusiasts who wish to re-watch some of the most interesting Serbian films and documentaries and also share their opinion and impressions with other movie fans from all over the world.

The Programme

Poster for "Circles", an award winning Serbian filmCircles (Krugovi, 2013) directed by Srdjan Golubović
Tuesday 18 April at 8pm

Inspired by real events, this film relates the heroic act by Srdjan Aleksić, who died protecting Alen Glavović, a Bosnian Muslim civilian, during the Bosnian War. Three stories take place in parallel, in Belgrade, Germany, and Trebinje. Five people are affected by this tragic but heroic act. 12 years later, each of them will have to confront the past through their own personal crises. Will they overcome the guilt, frustration, urge for revenge? Will they do the right thing, at all costs?

The movie premiered at Sundance, exactly twenty years after the tragic events it depicts. It was selected as the Serbian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards but was not nominated. The film won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival and the Grand Prix, Golden Apricot at the 2013 Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia, for Best Feature Film as well as the Grand Prix at 2013 CinEast Festival.

Next To Me (Pored mene, 2015) directed by Stevan Filipović
Tuesday 16 May at 8pm

Film poster for Next to Me - a Serbian filmAccording to some critics, this is the Serbian remake of cult classic, The Breakfast Club. A youth-centric ensemble drama about a class of rowdy high-schoolers confined to an after-hours detention. Next To Me was conceived by its writer-director, Stevan Filipović, while teaching at the Belgrade Academy of Arts, working with his own student actors to help shape the story. The movie premiered at the Pula Film Festival and won the Golden Arena in the Best Feature Film category. At the Sarajevo Film Festival the movie won the Young Audience Award and at the 2015 FEST (Belgrade International Film Festival) it won the jury prize for Best Movie.

“This is an engaging portrait of contemporary Euro-teens which manages to balance local concerns with universal themes. Compassionate without being condescending, Filipović rightly takes these adolescent anti-heroes seriously, just not as seriously as they take themselves. John Hughes, we suspect, would approve.” – Hollywood Reporter

A film poster for Cinema Kommunisto - a Serbian filmCinema Komunisto (2010) directed by Mila Turajlić
Tuesday 30 May 30 at 8pm

Recommended as a ‘must-see’ by critics of the Wall Street Journal and indieWIRE and proclaimed as the ultimate festival film at Tribeca Film Festival, Cinema Komunisto takes us on a journey through the crumbling remains of Tito’s film industry, exploring the rise and fall of the cinematic illusion called Yugoslavia.

Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, never-before-seen archive footage from film sets and Tito’s private screenings, the documentary recreates the narrative of a country, the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. Stars such as Richard Burton, Sofia Loren and Orson Wells add a touch of glamour to the national effort, appearing in super-productions financed by the state.

Tito’s personal projectionist, who played films for the president nightly for 32 years, his favourite film director, the most famous actor in Partisan films and the boss of the central film studios (complete with secret police links) all tell how the myth of Yugoslavia was constructed on screen. Fiction and reality diverged until it all collapsed, leaving behind rotting sets and film clips from a country that no longer exists.

“Cinema Komunisto is one of the most riveting, well-researched, elegantly-rendered chronicles of a fallen era to ever be captured on film – and a must-see for film aficionados.” – Screen Comment

Each screening will be followed by an interview (in English) with the authors of the selected films, during which audience will be able to engage in discussion, share their experiences, thoughts and feelings awakened by the movies.

There is no standard tickets sale for these screenings, entrance is free for everyone. However, there will be “pay what you want” box at the exit, and in case you like the movie or you think discussion was really interesting, you will be able to support this idea through donations.

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