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Kustendorf Brings Stars to Mokra Gora

The sixth Kustendorf film and music festival offers a feast of foreign movies, as well as programmes presenting some of the triumphs of world cinematography from the past year.

Nemanja Cabric
BIRN
Belgrade

From January 16 to 22, Drvengrad, a small wooden town built by Serbian film director Emir Kusturica on the slopes of Mt Zlatibor, will host young hopefuls of world cinematography and well-known authors.

Organisers have announced that the special guests at this year's festival will be actresses Audrey Tautou and Monica Bellucci.

Because their involvement was confirmed late, their movies will not be selected for screening in some of the festival programmes, but they will probably hold workshops for film students.

The competition programme includes 28 films from Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Montenegro, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Serbia, Switzerland, Britain and the U.S.

The international jury consists of Israeli author and actress Alona Kimhi - President of the Jury - American film producer Michael Hausman and Serbian media theorist, film and TV director Oleg Jeknic. Together they will decide who wins the Golden, Silver and Bronze Egg Awards.

This year the Vinko Filac Award for cinematography will be decided by the Oscar-winning Polish-born DOP and film director Janusz Kaminski, the Czech cinematographer Martin Sec and Svetolik Mica Zajc, a Serbian sound editor and designer.

As in previous years, the Competition Programme selector is Dunja Kusturica, Emir’s daughter.  

As every year, a special programme is dedicated to one of the most influential authors of today.

This year the honour goes to Zhang Yimou, whose 1999 movie Not One Less and Raise the Red Lantern (1991) will both be screened. Yimou will also hold workshops for students after the screenings of his films.

Another programme, Contemporary Trends, presents some of last year’s most important films and their authors; the festival’s guests, Benh Zeitlin, Aleksey Balabanov, Matteo Garrone, Yeşim Ustaoglu and Elia Suleiman, all gained international recognition and prizes over the past year.

The Evergreen programme will screen significant films from the past, such as Time Stands Still (1982) by Peter Gothar, Camera Buff (1979), A Short Film About Killing (1988) by Krzysztof Kieślowski and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), directed by Julian Schnabel.

A programme dedicated to new authors will present debut feature-length films by new promising talent.

The festival traditionally has a rich musical programme after the screenings. This year it comes from Nemanja Radulovic & Devil’s Trills (France / Serbia), Debout Sur Le Zink (France), Dejan Petrovic Big Band (Serbia), Trio Balkan Strings (Serbia), Radio Zastava (Italy) and Che Sudaka (Spain).

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