Crni Film

Crni Film

Black Film

Želimir Žilnik, Yugoslavia, 197135mm, B&W, 14'

One night Žilnik picks up 10 homeless men from the streets of Novi Sad and brings them home. While they enjoy the hospitality of his family, Žilnik tries to ‘’solve the homeless problem’’ – bringing along the film camera, as a witness. He talks to different social services, common citizens, even the police. Everybody close their eyes in front of the ‘’problem’’. This film depicts the misery of abstract humanism. It is a reckoning with anarcho-liberalism, with false avant-gardism, with social demagogy, with left-wing fraction. The author sees this film as an example of filmmaker's exploitation of others' misfortune, believing as they do that, they belong to a higher social class than the victims.

04 August, Kino Lumbardhi, 16:00

Želimir Žilnik Retrospective

Director: Želimir Žilnik
Producer: Neoplanta film, Novi Sad
Cinematographer: Karpo Acimovic Godina
Editor: Kaca Stefanovic
Sound: Dusan Ninkov

Director's Biography

Born in 1942, based in Novi Sad, Serbia, his socially engaged films and documentaries in former Yugoslavia earned him critical accolades in the late 60s (“The Unemployed” 1968, Best Documentary at the Oberhausen festival, 1968; “Early Works”1969, Best Film at Berlin Film Festival), but also censorship in the 70s for his unflinching criticism of the government apparatus.
Low budget filmmaking and challenging political themes mark Žilnik’s prolific career that includes over 50 feature and documentary films and shorts. His power to observe and unleash compelling narratives out of the lives of ordinary people is the common thread throughout his documentary and docudrama work. More recently, his focus has shifted beyond the divided Balkans to question its relationship with the tightening controls of European borders, delving into the heart of issues of refugees and migrants.

Festivals and Awards:

Oberhausen, 1971, Wegzum Nachbarn, Westdeutche Kurzfilmtage.


Želimir Žilnik
Njegoseva 16/17, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia

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