On March 24, the University of Pittsburgh will host the Serbian Movie Festival. Presented by the Serb National Federation, the Center for Russian & East European Studies and the Radio Television of Serbia, the event includes three of the country’s most popular movies from 2016 and 2017. See schedule and details below:
The Promise (Dir. Zeljko Mirkovic, 2016)
In this documentary from Zeljko Mirkovic, a French family moves to a remote village in the north of Serbia. They believe they have found a promised land for growing grapes and wine-making. But they also face distrusting locals with old habits. A new challenge awaits them back home in France – persuading sommeliers that superior wine can be made in an unknown and problematic region. Can they awake hope and breathe a new life into the old village?
Serbs on Corfu (dir. Sladjana Zaric, 2016)
A documentary by Radio Television of Serbia describing one of the most tragic events faced by the Serbian people – the exile of the entire nation, army, and government of Serbia to the island Corfu, Greece during World War I. In order to avoid a capitulation of their country to the Austro-Hungary Empire, the Serbian Government and army (including the civilian population) decide to leave their own country and cross Albania during the dead of winter to reach the Allies at the Adriatic Sea. This was a unique case in world history that an entire nation immigrated to save their lives.
Santa Maria della Salute (Dir. Zdravko Sotra, 2016)
A story about the love between beloved Serbian poet Laza Kostic and his friend’s daughter, Lenka Dundjerski. The affair inspired one of the most beautiful love poems of Serbian and European poetry, Santa Maria della Salute. The biopic went on to become one of the most popular movies in Serbia in 2016 and 2017.
All screenings will take place in Room 232 of the Cathedral of Learning. All movies will be shown with English subtitles. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided between the first two films. Admission is free and open to the public.
From March 17-18, the University of Pittsburgh‘s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and the Serbian National Federation will present the Serbian Movie Festival, two days of narrative and documentary films about Serbian history and culture.
See film schedule and details below:
Enclave (2015, dir. Goran Radovanovic)
A Christian boy, determined to create a proper community burial for his late grandfather, crosses enemy lines and makes friends among the Muslim majority in deeply divided, war-torn Kosovo.
Where the Yellow Lemon Blooms (2006, dir. Zdravko Sotra)
A documentary about the suffering of the Serbian people and its army in WWI.
We Will Be the World Champions (2015, dir. Darko Bajić)
A film about the founders of the famous Yugoslav Basketball School and the first gold medal at the Championships in Ljubljana in 1970. Based on a true story.
See You in Montevideo (2014, dir. Dragan Bjelogrlić)
A football team from Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, gets a chance to go to the First World Football Championship, but things get complicated along the way.
The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip (2014, dir. Srđan Koljević)
The film follows the investigation and trial following the Sarajevo assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which triggered the First World War. The courtroom drama is seen through the eyes of Rudolf Zistler, one of the attorneys appointed by the court to defend the 24 accused members of Young Bosnia and assassin Gavrilo Princip.
The Serbian Movie Festival will take place in Room 232 of the Cathedral of Learning. The event is free and open to the public.