Pioniri Maleni

Pioniri Maleni

Little Pioneers

ŽelimirŽilnik, Yugoslavia, 196835mm, B&W, 18'

Synopsis: Socially neglected boys and girls, who are left to their own devices to make a living somehow, gradually begin to lose their way and take to stealing and increasingly common brushes with the law and quarrels with their parents, who have neither affection nor understanding for them.

04 August, Kino Lumbardhi, 16:00

Želimir Žilnik Retrospective

Director: ŽelimirŽilnik
Producer: Neoplanta film, Novi Sad
Cinematographer: MiodragJaksicFandjo
Editor: DraganMitrovic
Sound: DraganMitrovic

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.


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

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