Category Archives: Serbia

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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Celebrating Balkan spunk in “Zivot je cudo” [2004 Serbia, France]

Emir Kusturica revisits his favourite time and space – the Yugoslavian conflict, in his inimitable style of course, through the romantic comedy “Zivot je cudo” [Eng. Title: Life is a Miracle].
It’s the summer of 1992. Luka (Slavko Stimac) is … Continue reading

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Remembering Dusan Makavejev’s chaotic masterpiece “Ljubavni Slucaj” [1967 Yugoslavia]

When you think of flawed geniuses in cinema, you tend to remember and love them precisely because of those flaws. The flaws obviously are not in their undoubted technical or artistic skills – more like their thought processes, and … Continue reading

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Scenes from Emir Kusturica’s “Underground” [1995 Yugoslavia, France, Germany]

I’ll start exploring Serbian cinema with a film from one of its famous directors, Emir Kusturica (Arizona Dream). His 1995 war drama “Underground” was critically acclaimed at Cannes and elsewhere, perhaps losing out on other major awards due to … Continue reading

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