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Film of the Week: Belgrade, Kosovo

Prague’s FAMU alumni Marko Popović continues to work on his draft project which employs the symbolic potential of a crucial Serbian arterial highway. In accordance with Cinéma Vérité principles, the author examines the route that is immersed in residual ballast of former history as well as in rudiments of hope for majestic future. And since the film's guide - a young accordionist Petar knows that the notorious course can only be learned by bicycle, we join him on a road movie to watch picturesque stories of nine protagonists who represent the spirit of present-day Serbia.


Still using its working title Highway, Popović’s project has been selected for this year’s Pitching Forum Zagrebdox. In March it was already among the 14 participants at the first session of Ex Oriente Film 2011 workshop and it changed its title to Belgrade, Kosovo while at the second session of the workshop which took place in June. As the third session is about to culminate in Jihlava (October 24 – 31, 2011), Marko Popović will present the project within East European Forum 2011. The documentary should be ready to release in May 2012.

Ex Oriente Film 2011 | East European Forum 2011

 

Belgrade, Kosovo

Director: Popović Marko
Production company: Samaljot Production, Red Production

Serbia, 90 min, HD, Creative, Current Affairs, Personal View, Portrait, Social Issues

At the beginning there is the myth - an old graveyard was dug over to build a road and ever since people are frequently dying in car accidents on that road. The two-lane road - the Ibarska Highway - connects the north and the south of Serbia, starts in the capital of Belgrade and ends in the divided city of Mitrovica in today’s Kosovo.With its histories and myths, political assassinations, restaurants where only truckers dare to go, provincial intellectuals, lover motels, prostitutes, local singers, born-again Christians, tycoons, unemployed gamblers, poor neighborhoods, big dreams and lost perspectives, the Ibarska Highway is a grotesque, funny, sad and a sober portrait of Serbia today. It is as if the ghosts of the old graveyard have taken over the entire road and the whole country. Along that road, we meet nine characters.