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Oct 13, 2010 12:00 AM - Oct 17, 2010 12:00 AM


Belgrade is a vibrant city and so is Serbian cinema. Let yourselves be transported in time and space by works of a generation of filmmakers who recently entered the international film 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.

Film series accompanying FAQ SERBIA program

October 13, 2010 - October 17, 2010

Czech Center New York

Admission Free. First-come, first-served.


Wed, October 13, 7pm
THE TRAP - New York Premiere!

Thu, October 14, 7pm
followed by Q&A with producer George Lekovic and other guests

Fri, October 15, 7pm

Sat, October 16
Two films by Novkovic:

MINERS OPERA - New York Premiere!

TOMORROW MORNING - New York Premiere!

Sun, October 17, 6pm
ORDINARY PEOPLE – New York Premiere!

All films in Serbian with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

THE TRAP (Klopka), dir. Srdan Golubovic, 2007, 106 min.
Post-Milosevic Belgrade is the capital of a nation struggling to find its soul, of a country whose turbulence has left many in a moral and existential desert. A father of a boy with serious heart condition operable only abroad is contacted by a man who offers to pay it all if the father kills his business rival. The father must decide. If he accepts, he saves his boys life but loses his soul; if he refuses, he will grieve as a righteous man until the end of his life. The trap is set. Presented at Berlinale IFF and Toronto IFF selections and traveled many international festivals. A New York public screening premiere.

Screening with
(A)TORSIAN ((A)Torzija), dir. Stefan Arsenjevic, 2002, 12 min

HERE & THERE (Tamo i ovde), dir. Darko Lungulov, 2009, 85 min
A jaded middle-aged New Yorker, goes to Serbia to make quick cash by marrying someone for U.S. immigration papers, but the plan goes awry when the promised cash never arrives. At the same time, a young Serbian immigrant struggles in a never forgiving New York, desperately trying to bring his girlfriend from Serbia to USA. Premiered in the US at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received award for the 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 the old captain Franz and his rusty ship a diverse mix of people flees, each because of different reason, downstream the Danube towards the East, to the Black Sea. A poetic story of the last voyage of the DONAU, an old rust bucket, and its lonely captain Franz along the river Danube. When a young man hauls a casket onboard, a dead womans last will and testament forces Franz to set course 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
Novkovic recently received special attention at this summers Locarno IFF for his latest feature film WHITE WHITE WORLD, which premiered there in competition. The director drew his inspiration from Bertolt Brechts work and his previous documentary in which a big city theater director comes to produce Three Penny Opera to the largest strip mining town in Serbia, the showcase of industrial success of the former Yugoslavia. The town now slowly dying out, makes the locals seek to drown their feelings of no future by engaging in the arts and becoming actors in the play which also serves as metaphor to their lives. A New York public screening premiere.

TOMORROW MORNING (Sutra ujutru), dir. Oleg Novkovic, 2006, 84 min
A previous feature film by Novkovic is a romance about a young man returning to Belgrade from Canada after 12 years to marry his new Serbian girlfriend he met overseas. Facing joy as well as bitterness from his family and once closest friends he meets with his former lover and must reconcile with his feelings for her. The story explores the feelings, disappointments and hopes of young people and the continuous quest to find oneself in a world full of contradictions. Special mention in East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary IFF. A New York public screening premiere.
Screening with
FABULOUS VERA, dir. Stefan Arsenjevic, 2005, 18 min (from omnibus LOST AND FOUND)

ORDINARY PEOPLE, dir. Vladimir Perisic, 2009, 80 min.
When is a soldier turning from a human to a killing machine? On a seemingly average day, a busload of young soldiers is sent to a remote location in the countryside and given a macabre task: the execution of a number 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 of conflict in the Balkans, director Perisics 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 Critics Week, traveled to festivals all around the world including Rotterdam IFF and winning main award at Sarajevo IFF. A New York public screening premiere.
The series was organized with support from Film Center Serbia. Special thanks to Miroljub Vuckovic and Una Domazetoski.
Film Ordinary People is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2010 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.
Organized by the Czech Center New York at Bohemian National Hall in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum

Organized by: Czech Center New York and Austrian Cultural Forum


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


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