UCL European Institute


(Post) Yugoslav Film Festival

31 May 2011–01 June 2011, 12:00 am–12:00 am

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31 May - 1 June 2011

Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

(note: entry from Malet Place)

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To commemorate the great Yugoslav actor Bekim Fehmiu, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European studies and the UCL European Institute are organising a two day festival of (post) Yugoslav cinema. Events include premiere screenings and debates with some of the most famous Yugoslav film directors as well as new and rising film makers from Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia. Come and discover why Yugoslavia had one of Europe's largest and most successful film industries and how it was related to the state and its tragic collapse. Can film making be peace making and how are films now made across borders?

All screenings are free of charge and open to the public.


(click HERE to download as a pdf file)

Tuesday, 31 May

17:00 On the Path (Na Putu) (2010)
dir. Jasmila Žbanić
After winning a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival with her debut Esma's Secret (Grbavica) in 2006, Jasmila Žbanić will come to UCL to show her latest release On the Path (Na Putu). This sensitive and beautifully shot drama features a loving young couple who try their best to overcome unexpected obstacles that threaten their relationship in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.
18.30 Cinema Komunisto (2010)
dir. Mila Turajlić

After winning at the Trieste Film Festival and before competing at the Tribeca festival in New York, Mila Turajlić's documentary about the Yugoslav movie industry will be shown in this special academic screening in the UK. Provocatively titled, Cinema Komunisto explores the myth that created Yugoslavia, the people that created its fiction and how it collapsed in the brutal reality of war.
20:00 Panel Discussion with Directors
Jasmila Žbanić
Mila Turajlić
Veton Nurkollari (Artistic Director, Prizren Documentary Film Festival)
Chair: Dr Vlastimir Sudar (University of the Arts)

Wednesday, 1 June

17:00 Honeymoons (Medeni mesec) (2010)
dir. Goran Paskaljević

After the successful Southbank BFI retrospective last year, Goran Paskaljević is back in London to present his latest feature Honeymoons (Medeni mesec), a pathbreaking and provocative Serbian-Albanian co-production on the faith of millions of their countrymen and women who decide to to realise their dreams in Western Europe.
The Border Post (Karaula) (2006)
dir. Rajko Grlić
Award-winning director Rajko Grlić presents his celebrated film The Border Post (Karaula), whose production gathered some of the best of film makers from all of the former Yugoslav republics. Based on a book by Ante Tomić, Karaula is a tragic comedy that evokes the last days of a country seen from a small border post on the Albanian border.
20:00 Panel Discussion with Directors
Goran Paskaljević
Rajko Grlić
Chair: Dr Bojan Aleksov (SSEES)

Further information

Rajko Grlić
See his personal website.
Grlić is also emeritus director of the Motovun Film Festival.

Goran Paskaljević
Watch the onstage career interview with Goran Paskaljević, chaired by Geoff Andrew, of the BFI Southbank.

Jasmila Žbanić
Background Info and trailer for On the Path.

Mila Turajlić
Elaborate website of Cinema Komunisto the documentary on Yugoslav film under Tito.

Prizren Festival
The official site of Prizren documentary film festival.

Bekim Fehmiu
Finally take your time to see this magical performance of the late Bekim Fehmiu together with Olivera Katarina and Velimir Bata Živojinović in the famous Aleksandar Petrović film I Even Met Happy Gypsies (Skupljači Perja) from 1967.