*23 September* Sunday film & talk: Early Works – Žilnik’s 1968

Posted on September 28, 2018


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Doors: 8 pm
Start: 8.30 pm

Join us for the second session of a trip into a unique period of a vanished country and its counterculture:

‘Early Works’ by Želimir Žilnik is an allegorical 1969 film dealing with aftermath of the 1968 student protests in ex-Yugoslavia. Three young men and a girl continue to oppose the petty routine of everyday life. In a desire to “change the world,” inspired by the texts of young Karl Marx, they go to villages and factories, to “awaken the consciousness” of people, to encourage them in the struggle for emancipation and dignified life. There they face primitivism and misery, but also their own limitations, weaknesses, inability, jealousy. Frustrated as the planned revolution is not realized, three young men decide to eliminate the girl, a witness of their incapacity.

After talk:

The special guests are invited to share their expertise, and everyone is most welcome to join in an informal conversation as well. Later this year a selection of impressions from these series will be published in the Korean magazine Ob.scene.

The series of screening retrace some most remarkable ex-Yugoslavian film productions from mid-1960’s to begin 1970’s. This is so-called Black Wave in the orbit of its centripetal year of 1968. It is critical and experimental cinema dealing with non-allied fusion of Marxism, market economy, the cult of leader and self-management.

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