07/06/2012 03:19

Three domestic films premiering within National Class selection

Three premieres of Serbian film will be held at this year’s Cinema City Festival in Novi Sad, within National Class competition selection. The audience will be the first to see the latest accomplishment of our awarded director and screenwriter Miroslav Momčilović, “Death of a Man in Balkans”, Nikita Milivojević’sJelena, Katarina, Marija” based on Dušan Miklja’ best-selling novel “New York, Belgrade”, and Marko Novaković’sMenagerie” – drama situated in a small Serbian village on the banks of Drina. Apart from the accomplishments premiering at the Festival, six more domestic films will be competing for awards of the Festival.

Film “Death of a Man in Balkans” signed by director and screenwriter Miroslav Momčilović has just scheduled its world premiere in Karlovy Wary, while the audience in Serbia will see domestic premiere at Cinema City Festival, on Thursday, June 21, beginning at 20:00 at Serbian National Theatre. The film shot in one frame depicts a lonely composer who commits suicide in front of a web camera of his computer, and the nighbours who enter the apartment after the gun shot and wait for an ambulance discover through the camera a broader, satirical image of our society.

“Since every cut in the language of film marks the passing of time, I shot this story in one frame, with the intention of making a hyper-realistic image of the environment and time I live in” – explains director Momčilović. Starring in this film are Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Radoslav Milenković, Bojan Žirović, Nataša Ninković, Anita Mančić, Ljubomir Bandović, Branislav Trifunović, Milica Mihajlović, Bojan Lazarov, Nikola Đuričko, Mirjana Karanović, Aleksandar Đurica, Miloš Samolov, Nikola Kojo.

The second premiere within National Class selection is Nikita Milivojević’s “Jelena, Katarina, Marija” based on Dušan Miklja’ best-selling novel “New York, Belgrade”. The film of three young girls from Belgrade meeting in New York by chance will be screened on Friday, June 22, beginning at 20:00h at Serbian National Theatre. Each heroine left her town for different reasons. Searching for a new life, in some other reality they never even dreamed of being a part of, with their lost illusions, fears, hopes, they look to find their place. Jelena, Marija and Katarina are three names instead of many, a metaphor of a much broader global story. The film star Borka Tomović, Jelena Stupljanin, Milica Zarić, Jay Meyer, Mickey Carpenter, Dominic Marcus.

Visitors of the Festival will get a chance to attend the premiere of Marko Novaković’s “Menagerie” – a drama taking place at the beginning of the nineties in a Serbian village on the banks of Drina. It is a testimony to moral and historical dissolution of a country, placed in an environment separated from urban life and located deep inside a region where specific rules and relations among people apply. Srna, daughter of Strain, the most powerful man in the village is promised to Jovan, son of village forester Tadija. Although there is attraction between Srna and Jovan, they nevertheless do not wish to enter into marriage of convenience that their fathers want to impose on them. Suddenly, former forester Petar returns to the village. Petar spent the last seven years in prison for the killing of Strain’s older son. Petar’s return will initiate a multitude of events in lives of main characters of this story, implying its uncertain ending. Starring in the film, which will premiere on June 17, at 20:00h at Serbian National Theatre, are Nikola Ristanovski, Miodrag Krstović, Tanasije Uzunović, Ivan Đorđević, Branka Šelić, Marijana Pejatović, Mladen Sovilj, Aleksandar Đurica, Igor Damnjanović, Nada Šargin.

In addition to three premieres at Cinema City Festival, six new achievements of domestic cinema will also be presented. The Clip is Maja Miloš’s debut film, which received main award at Rotterdam IFF. The film testifies in a very open and sincere way to the fates of the young living in harsh, modern surroundings. Srđan Dragojević’s The Parade is a story driven by the attempts at organizing the first PRIDE in Serbia. The film received great reception at this year’s Berlinale. Bojan Vuletić’s Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying is a modern comedy on the attempts of finding the one, told through four completely different love stories. Zdravko Šotra’s Professor Kosta Vujić’s Hat is a charming adventure speaking of true values, Miroslav Terzić’s tense triller Redemption Street starring Gordan Kičić, Rade Šerbedžija, Uliks Fehmiu, and Gordan Matić’s Ginger – More than a Game expresses the most important human and life values through a renaissance character and work of a historic athlete.