Trdnjava Evropa

Trdnjava Evropa

Fortress Europe

Želimir Žilnik, Slovenia, 2000Beta SP, Colour, 18'

Starting from reality, the director reconstructed some stories and chose the cast both among people who experienced them and fledgling actors. They reconstruct these stories, and perhaps fake them, through the answers they give to the (Hungarian, Slovenian, Italian and Croatian) custom officers and to the author's questions.

05 August, Kino Lumbardhi, 16:00

Želimir Žilnik Retrospective

Director: Želimir Žilnik
Producer: Toni Trsar
Cinematographer: Radovan Cok
Editor: Matjaz Jankovic, Vojko Polic

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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