Category Archives: Other Balkan Cinema

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.
Set sometime … Continue reading

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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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Terminus Paradis – the final destination for dreamers and romantics [1998 Romania, France, Italy]

Lucian Pintilie had something pressing to say in his whirlwind of a drama, “Terminus Paradis” [Eng. Title: Next Stop Paradise], and he certainly pulls no punches in getting the message across.
He shows us a post-communist Romania where love is … Continue reading

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