Zurich prepares to welcome the best of young Serbian cinema
by Muriel Del Don
- The Xenix cinema in Zurich is welcoming young Serbian cinema with a series of screenings (of both features and short films), a round table and various debates
Luka Popadic, a young Serbian-Swiss director, and a graduate of the Dramatic Arts faculty of the University of Belgrade, is organising three days (27-29 May) dedicated to young Serbian directors, in conjunction with the legendary Xenix cinema in Zurich. Barbarians [+see also:
interview: Ivan Ikic
film profile] by Ivan Ikic, which was presented at various international festivals, including the Karlovy Vary Film Festival; Clip [+see also:
interview: Maja Milos
film profile], the provocative feature debut by Maja Milos, which won the KNF Award and the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Tilva Ros [+see also:
film profile], a coming-of-age film by Nikola Lezaic, which was premiered at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival; and The Disobedient [+see also:
film profile], which was filmed and produced by Mina Djukic, and was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will enthusiastically be representing what we could call the “new school of Belgrade” in Zurich.
The thing that unites these young talents (almost all of whom graduated from the Dramatic Arts faculty in Belgrade) is their strong will to depict “ordinary” lives, those of seemingly normal young people who bare all in terms of their emotions (and that's not all) in front of the camera. Many movies by these young directors revolve around characters (often non-professional actors) cast adrift, guided by a sense of confusion that pushes them to live their lives one day at a time, as if the future didn’t exist, adhering to the motto “carpe diem”. The focus is not put on the drama, but rather on the restless and fleeting inner world of the characters. Separation from one’s family in search of independence and sexuality as a cure for boredom are just some of the themes tackled with intense sensitivity by these young directors.