Želimir Žilnik’s new film follows the effects of the Schengen Agreement on the Hungarian- Serbian border over a period from summer 2004 to spring 2005. In the form of a docu-drama he gives Serbian merchants and farmers an opportunity to talk about their experiences and to show how they live and work. Žilnik imperturbably shifts the protagonist’s political protest into view along with arrangements for marriage to obtain the necessary papers.
Želimir Žilnik was born in 1942 in Niš, and he is living and working in Novi Sad, Serbia. He has written and directed numerous fiction and documentary films which have garnered many awards at national and international film festivals. He is one of the pioneers of the docu-drama genre. From the very beginning his films have focussed on contemporary issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life: Newsreel on Village Youth, in Winter (1967), Little Pioneers (1968), The Unemployed (1968), June Turmoil (1969), Black Film (1971), Uprising in Jazak (1973). Žilnik’s fiction debut Early Works (1969) won the Golden Bear at Berlinale and four awards at Pula Film Festival. In 1995 his film Marble Ass won the prestigious Teddy Award at Berlinale. ZagrebDox has screened Žilnik’s films Logbook Serbistan (2015), Pirika on Film (2013) and Europe Next Door (2005), which won the Big Stamp. He was an International Jury member at ZagrebDox 2019. Žilnik’s latest films are The Most Beautiful Country in the World (2018) and Among the People: Life & Acting (2018).
Evropa preko plota
2005, 61', color, video
Miodrag Milošević, Jovan Milinov