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European Cinema Uncovered

Academic Ciné-club Belgrade, 1960-1980

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Friday 12/20
9:30 pm
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Total running time: 101 min.

Introduction via Skype by curator Greg DeCuir, Jr.

Academic Ciné-club was founded in 1958 in Belgrade (Serbia, then Yugoslavia) as an alternative to a thriving postwar institutional ciné-amateur culture that was quickly becoming an impenetrable hierarchy. It offered an open space for experimentation and welcomed cineastes of all types. Very quickly a number of exciting young personalities – many of who would later be counted among the greatest of filmmakers in the history of Yugoslav cinema – flocked to the club and began producing innovative work, including examples of proto-structuralism, poetic documentaries, and lyrical evocations of reality and sur-reality. This program presents some of the groundbreaking films from the history of the club (later re-named Academic Film Center), much of which has not been screened in international settings in a number of decades, providing a glimpse into an invisible history of avant-garde ciné-club culture from a forgotten region.

Triptych on Matter and Death (Triptih o materiji i smrti)
dir. Živojin Pavlović, Yugoslavia, 1960, digital, 9 min.

The Wall (Zid) 
dir. Kokan Rakonjac, Yugoslavia, 1960, digital, 8 min.

Distant Purple Hands (Ruke ljubičastih daljina)
dir. Sava Trifković, Yugoslavia, 1962, digital, 10 min.

Vowels (Samoglasnici) 
dir. Nikola Djurić, Yugoslavia, 1973, digital, 8 min.

From Me to You (Od mene do tebe) 
dir. Miodrag Tarana & Mirko Avramović, Yugoslavia, 1972, digital, 3 min.

Television is a Movie Theater I go to Sitting in the Backyard (Televizor je bioskop u koji odlazim sedeći u dvorištu)
dir. Bojan Jovanović, Yugoslavia, 1974, digital, 5 min.

Journey (Putovanje) 
dir. Bojana Vujanović, Yugoslavia, 1972, digital, 2 min. 

Home (Kuća) 
dir. Radoslav Vladić, Yugoslavia, 1977, digital, 8 min.

Organon they asked me… (Organon tražili su od mene…) 
dir. Zoran Saveski, Yugoslavia, 1980, digital, 9 min.

Smoke and Water (Dim i voda) 
dir. Dragoslav Lazić, Yugoslavia, 1962, digital, 9 min.

Straight Line (Pravac) 
dir. Tomislav Gotovac, Yugoslavia, 1964, digital, 7 min.

Circle (Kružnica) 
dir. Tomislav Gotovac, Yugoslavia, 1964, digital, 9 min. 

Blue Rider (Plavi jahač) 
dir. Tomislav Gotovac, Yugoslavia, 1964, digital, 14 min. 


Greg de Cuir, Jr is the selector/programmer for Alternative Film/Video Belgrade. He lives and works in Belgrade as a freelance writer/translator.