While Alshanova’s previous short Paula Makes a Wish (developed through a workshop at last year’s Locarno) was quite unique in its approach and humour incorporated in a brief 8-minute runtime, History of Civilization seems more like a classic work in the field of festival-friendly short dramas.
The destiny of the so called Donauschwaben, ethnic Germans that lived in the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania is well-documented, well-known and quite tragic, but in some countries like Serbia any notion of talk on that topic is still considered a taboo.
Nikola Stojanović depicts the events surrounding the death of his mother’s dog to create a documentary about grieving and the estranged family coming back together.
In her debut semi-feature length documentary Viktorija, 15 Mina Petrović paints a vivid portrait of a 15-year-old drummer from the small Serbian town of Smederevo who gets a brief chance of living her passion to the full extent through a girls rock camp, and consequently – through her first ever rock’n’roll fuelled trip abroad.
Some of the romances that have inspired the works of art started with a single look that was enough to light the spark in the poet’s heart.
For a filmmaker who profited greatly from creating the manic feeling, Lukić does equally well with the low-key depression.
Benini and Provolo’s camera always stays close to the “action”, usually revolving around the protagonist of the scene, the person the directors singled out for some specific event
No matter how the political mainstream in Croatia wants to control the narrative about the country’s first and war-time president Franjo Tuđman as the “father of the nation”, he remains the controversial figure that, like a skeleton, jumps out of the closet around the elections time.
First we meet our human protagonist, an ageing widower named Stjepan whose hobby is saving the wounded birds. Then we meet his “pet” stork that he saved during the 90s war