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1717 Kilometers of Summer 2009

Documentary Film
Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Croatia,
Serbia,
Slovenia,
Kosovo,
Montenegro
2010
27 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jurij Meden, KINO!
Jurij Meden
Vlado Škafar, Jurij Meden
Jurij Meden
Jurij Meden
A personal summer travelogue through non-personal memories, collective personal ideals, and personal collective collectives. An old, once-upon-a-time country, reborn and undone in the blink of an eye. A youthful, romantic drive through bleak squares, forgotten roads, and reconstructed dreams. A poem.
Kumjana Novakova
Country Focus Ex-Yu 2014
1973 Stefan Ivančić

“On (your) road made of flowers and sun, in a garden of gentle lovers, an eternal song remains …” In the life of a man who cherishes the sun, the garden and this song.

1973

Documentary Film
Serbia
2014
33 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Stefan Ivančić
Stefan Ivančić
Stefan Ivančić
Jelena Maksimović
Luka Bare Barajević
“On (your) road made of flowers and sun, in a garden of gentle lovers, an eternal song remains …” In the life of a man who cherishes the sun, the garden and this song. On the banks of a river. The Danube. A song from the 1970s … from 1973.
Kumjana Novakova
Retrospective 2013
A Letter to Dad Srđan Keča

The war made Srđan Keča discover facets of his father he didn’t know. After the latter’s death, he sets out to find traces of those hidden, suppressed traits.

A Letter to Dad

Documentary Film
Serbia
2012
48 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Srđan Keča
Srđan Keča
Alcyona Mick
Srđan Keča
Katherine Lee
Tudor Petre
The war made Srđan Keča discover facets of his father he didn’t know. After the latter’s death, he sets out to find traces of those hidden, suppressed traits.

Olaf Möller
International Programme 2012
Dragan Wende - West Berlin Dragan von Petrovic, Lena Müller

Playboys, women, kebab shops and good old Ku’damm: how to survive the fall of the Berlin Wall and other disasters when you’re the king of the West Berlin underworld.

Dragan Wende - West Berlin

Documentary Film
Germany,
Serbia
2012
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lena Müller, von.müller.film
Dragan von Petrovic, Lena Müller
Ognjan Milosević
Vuk Maksimovič
Dragan von Petrovic
Braća Burazeri
Vuk Maksimovič, Lena Müller, Dragan von Petrovic
Vladimir Uspenski, Vladimir Zivković, Miloš Drndarević
The exiled Yugoslavian Dragan Wende has not set foot in East Berlin for the past 20 years. If only Gorbachev had not destroyed the wonderful balance of the world, especially Dragan Wende’s world, with the fall of the Wall! Once the King of the Berlin underworld and the shady nightclub district along Ku’damm, the legendary Rolf Eden’s right hand man (though Eden hardly remembers his best man) and – his pockets full of Western money – the dream of the ladies of East Berlin, he now leads a rather humble existence. True to style at Adenauerplatz and in brothel-red plush, still working as a “street manager” (bouncer) for various nightclubs, but actually rather lonely and on welfare. And as if that wasn’t enough, along comes his filmmaker nephew Vuk to explore the myth of his uncle from the West, followed by father Mile, a first generation guest worker, proud builder of West Berlin and also a great friend of the Wall...
This “Balkan tragicomedy” is a loving portrait full of black humour of a breed of men who will not be branded as losers by some accidental historic turn – even in the face of all evidence. There’s glamour in the smallest shack, and they have found their home in a community of bizarre survival artists, between Balkan songs and Kebab stands. Vuk was also accepted in the end – as a “street manager”, of course. West Berlin is saved for now.
– Grit Lemke

Escape

Documentary Film
Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Serbia
2013
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Srđan Keča
Srđan Keča
Molo
Srđan Keča
Jelena Maksimović
Davor Keča, Jakov Munižaba
Three women on the run. Srđan Keča portrays individual lives on the background of a struggle for survival within the same basic structure. Danijela, Elvira, and Galiba are Roma, each of them suffering in her own way in the patriarchal environment she grew up in and trying to escape from preconceived patterns.
At the start we see Danijela as an open-minded girl who plays football and has ambitious goals for the future. But suddenly she runs away from home and stays away from school – she has married out of the blue. Her mother and teachers are at a loss, horrified and sad, but powerless. Elvira, on the other hand, is a struggling single mother. After she was deserted by the father of the child she wants to give her daughter a better future. Education is the most important factor to help disrupt the cycle of violence and poverty. Galiba, the third woman, is desperately trying to break away from a life that has nothing to offer but oppression and abuse. Very slowly she manages to regain a certain degree of dignity and self-respect.
This film was supported by the NGO CARE that aids the integration and self-determination of Roma in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Lina Dinkla

Man of Smoke

Documentary Film
Germany,
Serbia
2017
32 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marko Mijatović, Kristina Konrad (weltfilm GmbH)
Marko Mijatović, Luka Papić
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
“The Prostitute”, “The Addict”, “Gay Man”, “The Bitch” are the titles of 75-year-old recreational poet Slobodan Stevanović’s most popular poems. And popularity – in the Serbian provinces just like everywhere else – is measured by click figures. Slobodan and his son Bojan send his works into the world via YouTube. Poetry conquers new spaces, while the tube TV set in the old space next door is flickering and the “cevapcici “are frying.

Lukas Stern

Musical Traumas

Animated Film
Serbia
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Iva Plemić Divjak
Miloš Tomić
Vladimir Chab
Marko Simić
Miloš Tomić, Jelena Milunović, Vuk Palibrk, Marija Djordjević, Mario Kolarić
Iva Brdar, Miloš Tomić
Mićun Jauković, Dako Puač
Staccato confessions of music students reveal the field of tension between coercion, self-discipline and the overwhelming joy of making music. Miloš Tomić transforms his obsession with music schools by drawing visualised sounds and tragicomic miniature scenes. Educational tricks, idiosyncratic teachers’ spleens, recalcitrant violin strings, failing in the face of too-high expectations with tea cups on the back of one’s hand and a piano score – as if we had been there.

Nadja Rademacher

Outside the Oranges Are Blooming

Documentary Film
Portugal,
Serbia
2019
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nevena Desivojević, Ivan Milosavjević
Nevena Desivojević
Nevena Desivojević, Cristina Haneș
Nevena Desivojević, Francisco Matos Morreira, Pedro Peralta
Dane Vlaisavljević
A lonely, sometimes misty, sometimes sunny mountain region, chants from the church of a dying village, a single man. He restlessly walks through his house, the village, the forest – but doesn’t reveal his secret. Observations from a seemingly insular, rural area in the south of Europe with no less insular people, shaped by their environment. And are the orange trees really blooming outside?

Frederik Lang

Rabbitland

Animated Film
Serbia
2013
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jelena Mitrović
Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.
Dusan Petrović
Nikola Majdak Jr.
Srđan Radmilović
Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.
Ana Nedeljković
Vladimir Janković
A perfectly organised country is inhabited by happy pink and brainless rabbits. Their life is clearly structured, for they are allowed to vote every day. After all, Rabbitland is a prescribed democracy. A disturbing film about complacency in affluent societies.
Country Focus Ex-Yu 2014
Sisyphus Carries Sisyphus Mihajlo Dragaš

This remarkable debut by a young Serbian talent ponders the biggest possible burdens that we humans have to bear, how to confront and conquer one’s inner fears, resistance and struggles.

Sisyphus Carries Sisyphus

Animated Film
Serbia
2013
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Mihajlo Dragaš
Mihajlo Dragaš
Mihajlo Dragaš
Mihajlo Dragaš
Mihajlo Dragaš
Mihajlo Dragaš
This remarkable debut by a young Serbian talent ponders the biggest possible burdens that we humans have to bear, how to confront and conquer one’s inner fears, resistance and struggles. Done with beauty and simplicity, the film creates an atmosphere of contemplation and self-awareness. From script to music the work of one man.
Rada Šešić
Retrospective 2013
Theta Rhythm (While My Father Was Sleeping …) Bojan Fajfrić

An unusual act of filial love … In this re-enactment Bojan Fajfrić plays his own father, who, completely exhausted, sleeps through one of the most important moments in his life ...

Theta Rhythm (While My Father Was Sleeping …)

Documentary Film
Netherlands,
Serbia
2010
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Bojan Fajfrić
An unusual act of filial love … In this re-enactment Bojan Fajfrić plays his own father, who, completely exhausted, sleeps through one of the most important moments in his life: a speech by Slobodan Milošević which, in hindsight, turned out to be pivotal for the end of the SFR of Yugoslavia.

Olaf Möller

Unplugged

Documentary Film
Finland,
Serbia
2012
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Mladen Kovačević, Tahir Aliyev
Mladen Kovačević
Nemanja Mosurović
Pablo Ferro
Nataša Damnjanović
Mladen Kovačević
Aleksandar Protić
The entertaining yet serious story of three colourful characters who play an unusual instrument ¬– a tree leaf. Blowing on it they make music, practice very hard, and compete with each other with an amazing passion for this old fashioned self-taught skill. A former private detective who used to work in Germany, a music teacher and amateur inventor as well as a peasant from a Serbian village who knows how to pick the leaves that produce the best sound – they all share the same talent. It’s interesting that the film has been invited to music film festivals as well as to programmes that show social documentaries. Well directed, with strong characters and a great sense of subtle humour.
Rada Šešić

Watching the Ball

Animated Film
Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Estonia,
Germany,
Russia,
Serbia
2014
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Michael Schwertel, Martin Kleinmichel
Martin Kleinmichel
Henning Schärfke, Martin Kleinmichel
Martin Kleinmichel
Anastasia Tasić, Ivan Ramadan, Katre Haav, Krunoslav Jović, Nenad Krstić, Tatiana Moshkova, Till Laßmann
Anastasia Tasić, Ivan Ramadan, Katre Haav, Nenad Krstić, Tatiana Moshkova, Till Laßmann, Martin Kleinmichel
Rainer Gerlach
Different people are watching football at different places on earth and in space. While the game connects them all, every one of them has his or her own problems to cope with. A European community project about our favourite sport.

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Documentary Film
France,
Germany,
Serbia
2013
62 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marta Popivoda
Christian Obermaier, Jakov Munižaba
Nataša Damnjanović
Ana Vujanović, Marta Popivoda
Jakov Munižaba
An essay film that explores how ideology staged itself in the public space of former Yugoslavia through mass choreography.

Ralph Eue