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Gerard Depardieu vs Emir Kusturica: Whose Side Are You On?

Emir Kusturica screened his latest “frantic two-hour Balkan vanity project” (Screendaily) at Venice last week, giving Putinist wino Gerard Depardieu an opportunity to voice his opinion about the unwashed director from Sarajevo. In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Depardieu called Kusturica a fraud and said some other very nasty…

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Depth Two: An Illusion-Destroying Documentary Thriller

Anja Petrovic attends director Ognjen Glavonic’s DokuFest screening of his documentary thriller Depth Two, which aims to destroy illusions about atrocities committed in Kosovo in 1999. Ognjen Glavonić is the director of Depth Two (2016), a documentary thriller about a subject that’s been shrouded in silence for seventeen years: mass graves in…

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A Conversation with the Creative Director of DokuFest, This Summer’s Most Exciting Activist Film Festival

DokuFest is an activist film festival that takes place every summer in Prizren, Kosovo. This summer’s festival runs from August 5th through 13th. Drugstore Beograd and FABRIKA in Belgrade will be hosting a DokuFest Short Movie Screening with DJ Brka on July 15th. In advance of this Friday’s event in Belgrade, Balkanist asked DokuFest’s creative…

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A History That Never Happened: The Yugoslav Space Program

Harm Rudolph Kern reviews director Žiga Virc’s Houston, We Have a Problem, a work of docufiction that blends real archival footage with fantasy, reality with myth, and new revelations about history with the ubiquitous and beloved Balkan conspiracy theory. The fantastic story that Yugoslavia developed a secret space program during the Cold War was…

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Traumatic Reckoning on Celluloid: The Case of Post-Yugoslav Film

Dragana Obradovic on Dijana Jelača’s Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave 2016), “the first study that thematically gathers twenty-odd years of Balkan cinematography by giving an analytic voice to highly complex and sophisticated webs of traumatic representation.” The spectacle of war has always been an appealing theme for filmmakers.…

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