Two highlights of Doclisboa 2018 were documentaries from an often-overlooked category – the mid-length film.
Hotel Jugoslavija appears as a mirror image of the Yugoslav glory and downfall, symbolised by the once grand and luxurious hotel in the capital of a country that ceased to exist.
Serbian cinema takes a leap onto the world stage with the programme presented at the international film festival Visions du Réel’s Focus Serbia.
COMMUNISM (1917–): This year’s retrospective programme at DOK Leipzig is comprised of films of different geographical origins that rotate around some key terms in the history of communism.
SERBIA: A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years.
Sophie Vukovic’s thought provoking and well-structured meditation on everyday experiences of teenagers growing up in a multi-cultural world of the XXI century, challenges the notions of a nationhood and its effects on forming the identity.
Slovenian tall tale recalls a land that time forgot.
To introduce this special insert about documentaries in the SEE countries, Tue Steen Müller reflects on the important role that the documentary should play in a region haunted by civil war, ethnic conflicts and international political intrigue yet which hopes for peace and stability.
Filmmakers from the Balkan countries have been overtaken by their foreign colleagues in documenting the Balkan reality.