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John M. Kelly Library

Movies: Balkan Cinema



PN1997.2 .A765 2009 DVD
82 minutes ; released 2007.
Ibro takes his son Armin from their small Bosnian village to Croatia to audition for a German film about the Balkan conflict.
Directed by Ognjen Sviličić.
In Serbo-Croatian with English and German subtitles.


Bitka na Neretvi = Battle of Neretvi

PN1997 .B585 1999z DVD
165 minutes ; released 1969.
Yugoslav partisans trick the Germany army in 1942 by building a bridge across the River Neretva.
Directed by Veljko Bulajić.
In Serbo-Croatian.


Covek Nije Tica = Man is Not a Bird

PN1997 .C684 2009 DVD SMC
78 minutes ; released 1965.
In this exploration of sex and politics, a young, working-class woman becomes casually involved with a middle-aged, middle-class engineer, with whom she has little in common. She eventually becomes involved with a younger man whose background is more similar to her own.
Directed by Dušan Makavejev.
In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.


Dom za Vešanje = Time of the Gypsies

PN1997 .D669 2009 DVD SMC
140 minutes ; released 1989.
A young gypsy with magic powers is forced to work with a band of itinerant thieves and beggars in Italy.
Directed by Emir Kusturica.
In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.

Eduart Makri

Eduart Makri Collection

PN1997 .E3837 2011 DVD
The Collection contains the movies of Eduart Makri made while he was living & working in Albania.
The Pirates' Cave
(75 min., 1991)
Hot autumn '41 (40 min., 1985)
Into another world
(38 min., 1999)
(75 min., 1986)
Directed by Eduart Makri.
In Albanian with English subtitles.


Gori Vatra = Fuse

PN1997.2 .G675 2003 DVD
105 minutes ; released 2003.
A comic story about Bosnia turned upside down as it prepares for a visit by President Cinton, two years after the civil war.
Directed by Pjer Žalica.
In Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.



PN1997.2 .G733 2007 DVD
A touching film about a single mother who lives with her 12-year-old daughter Sara in the Grbavica district of Sarajevo, a neighborhood once used as an internment camp during the Yugoslav wars. Questions arise about Sara's father, said to have died as a war hero.
Directed by Jasmila Žbanić.
In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.

kad budem

Kad Budem Mrtav i Beo = When I Would Be Dead and White

PN1997 .K333 2006 DVD
80 minutes ; released 1967.
A worker is laid off from his factory job and takes off to wander in a country suffering from economic woes.
Directed by Živojin Pavlović.
In Serbo-Croatian with optional Slovenian subtitles.


Klopka = The Trap

PN1997.2 .K566 2008 DVD
83 minutes ; released 2008.
The Trap is a film about an ordinary man who is forced to choose between the life and death of his own child. It is a story about the moral dilemma of the protagonist, who can only save the life of his son by accepting to become a killer.
Directed by Srdan Golubović.
In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.

ko to

Ko To Tamo Peva = Who Sings Out There

PN1997 .K686 2004 DVD
83 minutes ; released 1980.
In April 1941 a diverse group of Yugoslavian travellers board a bus going to Belgrade and have a series of mis-adventures.
Directed by Slobodan Šijan.
In Serbo-Croatian.


Lepa Sela Lepo Gore = Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

PN1997 .L47 1996 DVD SMC
83 minutes ; released 1980.
Two boyhood friends, one a Muslim, the other a Serb, find themselves on opposing sides in the war in Bosnia.
Directed by Srdjan Dragojević.
In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.


Ljubavni Slučaj, ili, Tragedija Službenice P.T.T. = Love Affair, or, the Case of the M.phpng Switchboard Operator

PN1997 .L5833 2009 DVD SMC
68 minutes ; released 1967.
A young telephone operator falls in love with Ahmed, a rat catcher, and lives with him until she is seduced by a younger and obviously more glamorous postman. But Ahmed becomes jealous and accidentally kills her.
Directed by Dušan Makavejev.
In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.


Il Maestro e Margherita = The Master and Margaret

PG3476 .B78 M322 2003 DVD
90 minutes ; released 1972.
A writer is imprisoned in 1925 Moscow. Based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Directed by Alexandar Petrović.
In Italian, with optional English subtitles.


Nevinost bez Zaštite = Innocence Unprotected

PN1997 .N485 2005 DVD (Serbo-Croation language only)
PN1997 .N485 2009 DVD (Serbo-Croation with English subtitles)
79 minutes ; released 1968.
Documentary about Dragoljub Aleksic, a Serbian athlete and movie enthusiast who made a feature film during the Nazi occupation of Belgrade.
Directed by Dušan Makavejev.
In Serbo-Croatian with optional English subtitles.

no man's land

Nikogarsnja Zemlja = No Man's Land

PN1997 .N663 2002 DVD SMC
97 minutes ; released 2001.
Set during the height of the Bosnian War in 1993, a group of Bosnian soldiers are advancing on Serb territory under the cover of a foggy night...
Directed by Danis Tanović.
In Serbo-Croatian and English with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish.


Okupacija u 26 Slika

PN1997 .O386 2005 DVD
116 minutes ; released 1978.
Three close friends - a Croat, an Italian, and a Jew - take different sides when Dubrovnik is invaded in 1941.
Directed by Lordan Zafranović.
In Serbo-Croatian with sequences in R.phpan, Italian, and German.


Otac na Službenom Putu = When Father Was Away on Business

PN1997 .O833 2005 DVD
135 minutes ; released 2005.
A six-year-old boy tells his version of why daddy couldn't stay with his family in post-WWII Yugoslavia. In reality, the child's father has gone to prison for romancing the lover of a high-ranking party member, but the boy thinks papa's away working.
Directed by Emir Kusturica.
In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.


Pred Doždot = Before the Rain

PN1997 .B446 2008 DVD
113 minutes ; released 1994.
The lives of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer cross to paint a portrait of ethnic and religious hatred.
In Macedonian, English and Albanian with optional English subtitles.
Directed by Milcho Manchevski.


Rezervni Deli = Spare Parts

PN1997.2 .R494 2006 DVD
84 minutes ; released 2003.
A former speedway champ inducts his young, inexperienced .phpstant into the squalid world of the illegal immigrant trade.
Directed by Vinko Brešan.
In Slovenian with English subtitles.


Sjećaš li se Dolly Bell? = Do You Rember Dolly Bell?

PN1997 .S543 2005 DVD (Serbo-Croatian audio-track)
PN1997 .S543 2005b DVD
109 minutes ; released 1981.
A sixteen-year-old boy growing up Sarajevo in the 1960s is attracted by the world of small-time crime until he meets a lovely cabaret girl.
Directed by Emir Kusturica.
In Serbo-Croatian with optional English subtitles


Skupljaci Perja = The Feather Buyer

PN1997 .S586 2006 DVD SMC
94 minutes ; released 1967.
A married Roma man falls in love and elopes with a young woman, resulting in suffering for both of them.
Directed by Aleksander Petrović.
In Serbo-Croatian.


Snijeg = Premières Neiges = Snow

DR1313.7 .A85 B445 2009 DVD
Pro smrtno iskustvo = Première expérience de mort (26 min., 2001)
Sjever je poludio = Le nord est devenu fou (18 min., 2003)
Directed by Aida Begić.
In Bosnian with French subtitles.

Super 8

Super 8 Stories

PN1997 .S877 2001 DVD SMC
88 minutes ; released 2000.
Film about a kind of music that describes the manic, mad, dramatic world of the Balkans. Autobiographical semi-documentary of Kusturica's the No Smoking Orchestra unza-punk band.
Directed by Emir Kusturica.
In Serbo-Croatian with optional English or Chinese subtitles


Svjedoci = Witnesses

PG1619.26 .A84 O922 2004 DVD SMC
88 minutes ; released 2004.
A collection of interrelated stories, all centering on ethnic conflicts and moral ambiguities in a small Balkan town.
Director, Vinko Brešan.
In Croatian with optional English subtitles.


WR : Mysteries of the Organism

PN1997 .W769 2007 DVD SMC
85 minutes ; released 2007.
This documentary-fiction film begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic girl's sexual liberation.
Directed by Dušan Makavejev.
In English and Serbo-Croatian with optional English subtitles.