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Jan. 19, 2012, 10:32 p.m. | Movies — by Alyona Zhuk

A scene from the movie “White, white world”

Editor’s note: This week is rich on festival movies in Kyiv: two of them are starting simultaneously. One is a drama focused festival of modern Serbian films (Jan. 25-29), while the other one is a slightly lighter festival of French features (Jan. 26 – Feb.1).

The Kyiv Post brings you the preview of four Serbian films that will screen in the Kyiv cinema. To see a full schedule and previews of French movies, and more, please visit

Serbia, 2009, 120’
Language: Serbian with Russian subtitles
Directed by Srdjan Dragojevic
Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.

The plot of the third most expensive Serbian film ever takes the audience back to the early years of the 20ht century, when Serbia was fighting in World War I.

Gavrilo, a young soldier, who took part in the 1912 Serbo-Turkish War, comes back home feeling very much down after losing his arm. However, he finds that he is not the only disabled man left out of fighting – some of the soldiers who received light injuries are also living in the village with women and children.

Soon, a rumor reaches the front line that the wives and daughters of the soldiers are having affairs with those who stayed behind. To prevent riots, the military commanders decide to mobilize the disabled.


Serbia, 2010, 121’
Language: Serbian with Russian subtitles
Directed by Oleg Novcovic
Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.

A former boxer, 40-years-old King is now running a bar. He is lonely, exhausted and apathetic. Even when getting into a relationship with a young and energetic Rosa, he doesn’t seem to care much about her feelings or their future together.

Things take a strange turn when Rosa’s mother, Ruzica, comes out of jail. She has spent the last eight years behind bars after killing her husband for finding out about her affair with King.

The dramatic plot of the movie is reinforced with tense dialogues, performed through singing, breathtaking Balkan music and depressing landscapes of the Serbian town Bor, once a prosperous mining center and now a devastated land.


Serbia, 2010, 90’
Language: Serbian with Ukrainian and English subtitles
Directed by Predrag Velinovic
Jan. 25 at 5 p.m and Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

Hazim, the owner of “Motel Nana” in a crumbling Serbian town, persuades Jasmina to come back home from the West, where she’s been working for several unhappy years, as he has a job for her.

She is very disappointed on return when she finds out that the job on offer is that of his lover. Her frustration is only shared by Ivan, a history professor from Belgrade, exiled here for slapping a repulsive student in class.


Drama, Romance
Serbia, 2009, 90’
Language: Serbian with Ukrainian and English subtitles
Directed by Miroslav Momcilovic
Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 5 p.m

Unlike those stuck in a love triangle, the most common shape of troublesome relationships, the characters of this film struggle to break out of a love square. Four people fall in love with each other – but there isn’t a single match that would make a couple!

Their friend Bane becomes the fifth person to suffer - not from unhappy love, but from knowing too much about his pals’ private lives.


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