18/06/2008 03:07

Retrospective of the Festival Monday

Yesterday, on June, 16th, festival’s pride were projections in Katolicka Porta at 21:15, when we had a chance to see an extraordinary animated film by Nina Paley, called Sita Sings the Blues, then, a cult film called 24 Hour Party People, which was shown in Dunavski Park. There was a great interest for the multiply awarded animated film. The audience enjoyed the autobiographical Paley’s film. She put incredibly well a mythological dimension of Indian epic Ramayana into a contemporary story about an abandoned woman from New York. Beautiful colours, excellent story, and music performed by Annette Hanshaw, a jazz diva from 1920s, completed the experience of the present visitors. When the film ended and visitors began getting up from their seats, to surprise of all, the art director of the festival, Ivan Lalić called the film author, Nina Paley to the scene, and she was greeted with a sincere welcome applause of the audience.

Numerous questions from the audience followed. We learned how long she worked on the film, how she collected donations from the Internet from both friends and complete strangers who recognized value in her work; and that the film was based on her own experience…

The attendance at 24 Hour Party People greatly exceeded the existing number of seats of the open-air cinema in Dunavski Park, so few hundred people stood or sat by sides, enjoying the Winterbottom’s creation about an icon of Manchester music scene, Tony Wilson.

A special attraction, in addition to highly successful film program on all Cinema City locations, was a discussion in Academic Program held at 13:00 in Radio Cafe. Miloš Tomin, Saša Radojević, Zoran Janjetov, Vladimir Kopicli and Dejan Ognjanović, along with Jugoslav Pantelić, program moderator, talked about an attractive and interesting topic – Horroring. Definitions of horror genre from scientific point of view, with witty comments and notes by Janjetov, awoke the attention and interest of the present. The context of horror was considered above all as cultural, social, as well as philosophical and psychological phenomenon that comes from specific and primal human need for the feeling of fear. With a comparative insight into feedback reactions and physiological nature of film experience, a parallel between horror, porn, and melodramatic film (so called “physical genres”) was drawn. The topic of first Serbian horror was introduced, so we had a chance to recall such films as Leptirica, Devičanska sila, Davitelj potiv davitelja and Pun mesec nad Beogradom. Kopicli reminded us, from a historical perspective, of films about typhus sufferers as a subgroup of partisan films, which are possible beginnings of Serbian horror. Highly dynamic discussion opened new perspectives concerning horror genre, intrigued, and brought new knowledge from the world and theory of film, and the most important thing, it inspired the present for the individual act of thinking in the context of the discussed topic.