08/06/2010 12:25

Today’s premieres at Cinema City

Tonight, Exit Point presents two premieres and a very special guest. At Katolicka porta open-air cinema, beginning at 21:15h you can see the premiere of  “Son of Babylon” by Mohamed Al-Daradji who is also a guest of the Festival. “Son of Babylon” follows a boy and his grandmother who embark on a large-scale search for their relatives who went missing during the war. One of film’s messages is reconciliation by means of facing the horrors the country endured but also an active search for more than one million Iraqis who went missing during Saddam’s rule. His lead hero is a Kurd and that choice is director’s way of emphasizing sense of confusion caused by misunderstanding and language barriers which this hero has to overcome on his journey. According to Al-Daradji, the film speaks of Iraqi past and present. The basis for this film Al-Daradji found in a tragic case from his own family. In explanation, his aunt never managed to find her son after the war.

After the film and prior to the screening of “City of Life and Death”, audience will have an extraordinary opportunity to participate in Q&A with famous Iraqi director Mohamed Al Daradji.

After this interactive intermezzo is concluded, comes the screening of “City of Life and Death”. According to Dubravka Lakic, programme selector, this superbly shot black-and-white film is a magnificent and ultimately cruel saga on ruthlessness of war and its victims. The film is based on historical facts, especially events of 1937 and on testimonies of rare surviving witnesses of the operation called Rape of Nanjing (or Nanjing Massacre) during which 300.000 Chinese civilians were murdered and 20.000 to 80.000 women were raped by soldiers of Imperial Japanese Army. Chuan’s film swings from superbly directed war spectacle to a dramatic, impressionistic portrayal of everyday life in destroyed city. Also, film counts in the moments of moral dilemmas which naturally impose themselves during times of war. All participants in these events, including cruel occupiers, have a human face, human faults and virtues, needs for moments of happiness and a desire to live. From all that a truly complex film came into being, exciting and shocking at moments, equally important for both China and Japan and for all those wounds that still hadn’t healed.

20:30h time slot at Serbian National Theatre is reserved for a premiere of “Some Other Stories”, omnibus by five female directors from the region whose film stories are all based on the subject of motherhood and a birth of a new life.