One night Žilnik picks up 10 homeless men from the streets of Novi Sad and brings them home. While they enjoy the hospitality of his family, Žilnik tries to “solve the homeless problem’” - bringing along the film camera, as a witness. He talks to different social services, common citizens, even the police. Everybody close their eyes in front of the “problem”. This film depicts the misery of abstract humanism. It is a reckoning with anarcho-liberalism, with false avant-gardism, with social demagogy, with left-wing fraction. The author sees this film as an example of filmmakers' exploitation of others' misfortune, believing as they do that, they belong to a higher social class than the victims.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Karpo Aćimovic Godina
Neoplanta film, Novi Sad
From the late 60s, Želimir Žilnik’s socially engaged films made in former Yugoslavia (The Unemployed, Early Works, Black Film) earned him accolades, but also censorship in the 70s for his criticism of the government apparatus. Low budget filmmaking and challenging political themes mark his career that includes over 50 films. Since the 1980s, he has been developing his unique docu-drama language, used throughout 1990s to reflect on political tensions in the Balkans. More recently, his focus has shifted beyond the divided Balkans to question its relationship with the tightening controls of European borders, delving into the heart of issues of refugees and migrants in Fortress Europe, followed by Kenedi trilogy. Projects that follow, The Old School of Capitalism, One Woman – One Century, Pirika on Film and Logbook_Serbistan all add to the story of a system of values generated in disputable social systems, a narrative, which runs through Žilnik's film career so far.
A Newsreel on Village Youth, in Winter (1967), Little Pioneers (1968), The Unemployed (1968), June Turmoil (1969), Early Works (1969), Black Film (1971), The Women Are Coming (1972), Freedom or Cartoons (1972), Uprising in Jazak (1973), Request (1974), Public Execution (1974), I Do Not Know What That Should Mean (1975), Farewell (1975), Inventory (1975), Under the Protection of the State (1975), House Orders (1975), Paradise. An Imperialist Tragicomedy (1976), Market People (1977), The Comedy and Tragedy of Bora Joksimović (1977), Stars of 45 Turning in Your Mind (1978), Seven Hungarian Ballads (1978), Volunteers (1979), The Illness and Recovery of Buda Brakuš (1980), Vera and Eržika (1981), Dragoljub and Bogdan: Electricity (1982), The First Trimester of Pavle Hromiš (1983), The Second Generation (1984), Stanimir Descending (1984), Good Morning Belgrade (1985), Pretty Women Walking through the City (1986), Stumbling Sheep (1986), Hot Paychecks (1987), Brooklyn-Gusinje (1988), The Way Steel Was Tempered (1988), Oldtimer (1989), Black and White (1990), Silo Danube, Vukovar (1993), Tito among the Serbs for the Second Time (1994), Marble Ass (1995), Throwing off the Yolks of Bondage (1996), For Ella (1997), Wanderlust (1998), Fortress Europe (2000), Cosmo Girls (2000), EXIT in the Morning (2002), Kenedi Goes Back Home (2003), Europe Next Door (2005), Kenedi, Lost and Found (2005), Soap in Danube Opera (2006), Kenedi Is Getting Married (2007), The Old School of Capitalism (2009), One Woman – One Century (2011), Pirika on Film (2013), Our Man in Gabon (2014), Logbook_Serbistan (2015), After the Flood (2016).