ŽŽŽ (Žurnal o Želimiru Žilniku)
(ŽŽŽ (Diario su Želimir Žilnik) / ŽŽŽ (Journal About Želimir Žilnik))
2021, HD, col. & b-n / b-w, 92’
v.o. serba / Serbian o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Janko Baljak. Fotografia / Photography: Jovan Milinov. Montaggio / Editing: Aleksandra Milovanović. Musica / Music: Predrag Vranešević. Suono / Sound: Jana Baljak, Natalija Strahinić. Produzione, distribuzione internazionale / Produced by, World Sales: Arbos.
Road movie documentary through half a century of filmography by Želimir Žilnik. But also a journey through the history of Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists. With the specific style of docudrama that he built over the years, Žilnik managed to stay engaged and brave, but above all free, by making low-budget films for decades. We follow the efforts of his team to finish the film Freedom or Comics, which was seized by censorship 50 years ago, and which was recently accidentally found. The story of an uninterrupted struggle for disenfranchised social and minority groups who are constantly the main heroes of Žilnik’s films.
The film premiered at Sarajevo Film Festival 2021.
“I always tell my students that Žilnik is the youngest director in the country today. By idea, by spirit, by readiness to take the camera immediately without waiting for ‘conditions to be met’…In his work, I am, in fact, impressed by the uncompromisingness, his decades-long refusal to belong to the mainstream of Yugoslav or, now, Serbian cinematography, his unwillingness to be hindered by production conditions…” (J. Baljak)
Serbian film and television director Janko Baljak was born in 1965 in Belgrade, where he graduated from Film and Television Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. He is one of the founders of the film and TV production of the independent Belgrade radio B92. He is a full-time professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1991 Bilo jednom u Srbiji (Once Upon Time in Serbia) TV doc. 1995 Vidimo se u čitulji (See You in the Obituary) cm / sf doc.; Premi / Awards: Belgrade Doumentary and Short FF – Gran premio / Grand Prix 1998 Etnički čisto (Ethnically Clean) doc. 2002 Srbija u kontejneru (Serbia in Trash Container) doc. 2006 Vukovar – poslednji rez (Vukovar – Final Cut) doc.; Premi / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Premio per i diritti umani / Human Rights Award 2017 Ljudi nisu rode (Your House Was My Home) cm / sf doc. 2021 ŽŽŽ (Žurnal o Želimiru Žilniku) (ŽŽŽ Journal About Želimir Žilnik) doc.