With the University of Missouri-St. Louis, SLIFF co-presents “Twenty Years Later – Films from the Former Yugoslavia: Ghosts of the Past, Visions of the Future,” which examines cinema’s role in the newly independent countries of the former Yugoslavia. The program – curated by Dr. Rita Csapo-Sweet – presents a selection of films from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia, and examines the state of filmmaking in the region more than 20 years after the start of the Siege of Sarajevo. SLIFF films “Death of a Man in the Balkans,” “Halima’s Path,” and “The Parade” – see descriptions in the Narrative Features section – screen as part of “Twenty Years Later.”
The following films and panel discussion are held at UM-St. Louis‘ Gallery 210.
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Balkan Student Film Festival
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
These remarkable short films were made by students from the countries of the former Yugoslavia. The mini-festival is divided into four sections by country, with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia running approximately two hours each and Slovenia running approximately a half-hour. The collection has its American premiere at SLIFF and is sponsored by the University of Missouri. Bosnian filmmaker Hari Secic (whose “Variations” is part of the student festival) and curator Rita Csapo-Sweet introduce each country’s segment.
Goodbye, How Are You?
Boris Mitic, Serbia, 2009, 61 min.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3 p.m.
“Goodbye, How Are You?” director Boris Mitic – who also wrote, shot, edited, and produced the film – uses his camera to dissect the corpse of Yugoslavia in this primer on Balkan intellectual thought, resistance, and history. The wittiest, blackest satirical aphorisms of the modern era are saluted in an entertaining Serbian travelogue that details how citizens use language to critique – and resist – the madness of politics. Mitic introduces the film.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.
Participating filmmakers discuss the state of cinema in the region and the influence of art on politics and national identity. The panel will be preceded by the short “Only the Chimney Stays” (6 min.) by Zlatko Cosic, a former resident of Bosnia & Herzegovina who now lives in St. Louis.
Mila Turajlic, Serbia, 2011, 101 min.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
“Cinema Komunisto” examines 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 and a never-seen-before archive from film sets and Tito’s private screenings, the documentary re-creates the narrative of a country – the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. “Goodbye, How Are You?” director Boris Mitic introduces the film.
The Abandoned (Ostavljeni)
Adis Bakrac, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010, 85 min.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2:45 p.m.
In “The Abandoned” – which explores the horrific problem of children born out of rape and often abandoned – a 13-year-old boy lives in an orphanage waiting for his mother to come for him. The film screens with the short “The Way We Played” (Samir Mehanovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2006, 13 min.), in which violence among children playing games evolves in an environment of increasing nationalism. Producer Almir Sahinovic introduces both films.
All “Twenty Years Later” events on campus are free and open to the public.
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