Category Archives: Other Balkan Cinema

A changing society examined: “Niki and Flo” [2003 Romania]

At seventy, Luciane Pintilie hadn’t lost any of his sardonic wit and biting satire when he made “Niki Ardelean, colonel în rezerva” [Eng. Title: Niki and Flo], a probing examination of conflict within a society that’s changing suddenly and … Continue reading

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An ode to Sarajevo: “Sjecas li se, Dolly Bell” [1981, Yugoslavia]

Emir Kusturica declares his genius in no uncertain terms with his memorable feature-film début titled, “Sjecas li se, Dolly Bell” [Eng. Title: Do You Remember Dolly Bell?]. While it might not be as loaded with nuanced symbolism as some … Continue reading

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Mucky and dark… “Zift” [2008 Bulgaria]

Javor Gardev’s début feature “Zift” is a widescreen homage to the American film noir. It is about a recently released prisoner hounded by his partner in crime from twenty years earlier for the missing portion of the loot.
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A brief review: “Sveti Georgije ubiva azdahu” [2009 Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina]

I’d been spending time improving on my Balkan history of late, which was one of the reasons I was drawn to Srdjan Dragojevic’s wartime drama “Sveti Georgije ubiva azdahu” [Eng. Title: St. George Shoots the Dragon]. The fact that … Continue reading

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Cinema-magic through simplicity – “Kozijat rog” [1972 Bulgaria]

I’ll start my Bulgarian focus with Metodi Andonov’s mesmerising “Kozijat rog” [Eng. Title: The Goat Horn], a timeless drama of tragedy and revenge told in the classical cinematic language of master filmmakers the world over. It is a pure … Continue reading

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