Želimir Žilnik: Fragments From Migrant Worker Opus


Želimir Žilnik
Screening time  
08.04. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 2  

The film portrays the tenants of an old residential building in central Munich, in 11 Metzstrasse: most of them are foreigners, living in Germany as "migrant workers" (Yugoslav, Italian, Turkish, Greek etc.) with their families. Each of them, including the youngest, presents themselves in German or their native language, briefly revealing their worries and fears, as well as hopes and plans for the future.


Želimir Žilnik

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).

General sponsor

Inventur - Metzstrasse 11

1975, 9'

Directed by:
Želimir Žilnik

Screenplay by:
Želimir Žilnik

Andrej Popović

Produced by:
Alligator Film, München


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