This docu-drama was shot in bordering regions between Hungary and Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary in the south-eastern bordering region within the Schengen zone. The central plot spins around a Russian family: Svetlana lives in Trieste with her friends and is waiting for her daughter Katja’s arrival. Katja is escorted by Svetlana’s former husband (Katja’s father) Artjom. During the travel the two have problems, they find themselves in a foreign country without documents that would make the rest of their journey to the West legal.
CAST & CREW
Toni Tršar, Želimir Žilnik
Director of Photography
Matjaž Janković, Vojko Polič
Svetlana Zajceva, Emil Tchouk, Hannah Nortman
Low Budget Production, Ljubljana
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).