The impressive, notable and award-winning edition of the Film Center of Serbia, “A Critical Guide through Serbian Film 2000-2017”, appeared last year and uniquely portrayed the thinking of filmmakers in Serbia in the new millennium.
This book has captured the imagination of all film lovers, but it has also attracted the attention of the professional public because it treats Serbian film in a very specific way. The “Critical Guide through Serbian Film 2000-2017” presented all the achievements of local authors in the new millennium on 500 pages.
This capital work received a sequel in 2019, namely “The Best Serbian Films in the 21st Century” is actually a selection of the best texts in this anthology of recent Serbian film. Through four different segments, space was given for the presentation of films by renowned authors, films that filled cinematic spaces, had the highest box office succes, but also for the creation of new generations of Serbian cinema. The authors of both books are film critics of the younger generation, who, in addition to their great love for domestic film, also contributed to critical thinking through a large number of texts in print and electronic media.
Đorđe Bajić, Zoran Janković and Ivan Velisavljević opted for the best, the most important and the most interesting in the book “The Best Serbian Films in 21st Century”. The very concept of the book requires appeal to a wider audience, because it is written in English, among other things. In this way, passionate regional filmmakers, as well as those from all over the world, can accurately inform themselves and view the situation of Serbian film of the 21st century. On the other hand, this book is also a great signpost for exploring Serbian culture, aesthetics and lifestyles. Although the domestic cinematography of this period has been somewhat contested, “The Best Serbian Films in the 21st Century” indicates that this is not so and that the oeuvre of domestic creativity since 2000 has its significance and value.
And why some titles need to be paid special attention and which movies you should watch again, we leave to you to discover. We single out films by young and middle-aged authors who are mostly the winners of the best films awards of the Cinema City Festival.
Technotize: Edit and I – a feature-length animated film directed by Aleksa Gajić
Cinema City 2009 – Acknowledgment for special contribution to the development of Serbian cinema
Tilva Ros – Nikola Ležaić’s debut film for which he also wrote the screenplay
Cinema City 2011 – Best Film in the National Class Selection
Death of a Man in the Balkans – script and directed by Miroslav Momčilović
The film premiered at the Cinema city festival in 2012, when it won 3 awards (Miroslav Momčilović for Best Director and Best Screenplay, and Emir Hadžihafizbegović for Best Actor).
The Clip – the debut film by director Maja Miloš, who also wrote the screenplay
Cinema City 2012 – Best Film in the National Class Selection
Circles – Serbian anti-war melodrama directed by Srđan Golubović. The script was written by Srđan Koljević and Melina Pota Koljević according to a true story.
Cinema City 2013 – Best Film in the National Class Selection
No One’s Child – script and directed by Vuk Ršumović
Cinema City 2015 – Best Film in the National Class Selection
The Load – script and directed by Ognjen Glavonić
The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
This achievement, which has been talked about long before anyone in Serbia has seen it, has won numerous awards and recognitions at prestigious festivals around the world.