Monday, April 7, 2008

EVENINGS WITH GORAN MARKOVIĆ

As presentation of just a part of the Serbian filmography, three films directed by Goran Marković were presented in American corner, Belgrade. Mr Marković gave short introduction to each movie, talking about making of it and his experience when visiting U.S.A.

The first film screening was on March 20th presenting „Tito and I“. It tells about Zoran, a ten-year old boy which, as all children in Yugoslavia in the 1950s, can hardly imagine any part of his life without nation’s great leader-marshal Tito. The thing that separates Zoran from other children is the fact that he truly loves the dictator…

As second film audience had chance to see was „Cordon“ on March 25th. Theme of this movie was protesting against Slobodan Milošević’s regime in winter 1996. People on the streets of Belgrade are opposing against police cordon which symbolyzes the uncompromised dictator...

Last film was shown on April 3rd – „Serbia - Year zero“. This film is an essay about life of the author Goran Marković in time of dictatorship of Slobodan Milošević. Autobiographic details, archive materials and video clips from his films overlap in this dramatic testimony about the fate of independent intellectuals in time of torture...

All three film projections were well attended with more than 60 visitors each time. Screenings were followed by cocktails and talk with director himself. Through asking Goran Marković questions and giving their point of view, attendants made this occasion very significant. Members found especially interesting that the movies they saw, were not only presented in world film festivals in Montreal, Venice, San Sebastian, but also won those awards. These events were of great importance not only to members of American corner, but also to U.S. citizens who had a good opportunity to get to know Serbian filmography.

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