This year, the Focus is dedicated to Serbia. These five Serbian film projects will be presented during the Festival at the Focus Talk, on 17 April 2018. Learn more about Focus Serbia >
by Stefan Malešević
Tri Osmine – Jelena Angelovski
Baba Mondi is the leader of a Bektashi Dervish Muslim order in Tetovo, Macedonia. In 2002, his tekke was occupied by armed Wahhabis, for which he struggles to regain control today. Angered by the progressivity of Bektashi teachings (such as gender equality, humor in religious teaching and use of intoxicants during prayer), Wahhabis continue to colonise the beautiful wooden tekke complex, and Baba Mondi finds himself prisoner inside his own tekke.
by Marta Popivoda
Serbia / Germany
Theory at Work – Dragana Jovović, Marta Popivoda
Freedom Landscapes is a retrospective journey through the fading memories of Sonia Vujanović, Serbia’s first female partisan and member of the resistance movement at Auschwitz. By shedding light on these decisive moments in her life, Freedom Landscapes explores Sonia’s relationship with resistance in the face of totalitarianism.
by Mladen Kovačević
Serbia / France / Sweden
Horopter Film Production – Iva Plemić / Bocalupo Films – Jasmina Sijerčić / Sisyfos Film Production - Ruth Reid and Mario Adamson
Merry Christmas, Yiwu is a melancholic portrait of Yiwu, China, a city home to over 600 factories producing nearly two-thirds of the Christmas decorations consumed worldwide. A testimony to the absurdity of globalisation, Merry Christmas, Yiwu follows the everyday lives of migrant Chinese workers trapped in a parallel universe of eternal Christmas.
by Dragan Nikolić
Prababa Production – Jovana Nikolić
The Black Wedding explores a posthumous marriage ritual where a bride becomes widow and wife simultaneously. Told through the perspectives of three generations of women, the film focuses on the funeral and wedding of Miki Kušljić, revealing the profound impact this little-known tradition has on the livelihoods of those taking part. Across this striking narrative, the notion of eternal love and how we cope with great loss lies at the heart of The Black Wedding.
by Mila Turajlić
Serbia / France
Dribbling Pictures – Mila Turajlić / Survivance – Carine Chichkowsky
The Labudović Reels is a road trip through the archives of Stevan Labudović, cameraman of Yugoslav President Tito and cinematic eye of the Algerian revolution. Capturing the liberation campaigns of the Third World and the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, Labudović highlights the role of cinema as a secret weapon for freedom.