• Vukica Đjilas: Diary Films (excerpt)

Portraits and the Sky: Yugoslav Experimental Films, 1960s–1990s

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Livestream Conversation
Petra Belc and Pavle Levi
Wednesday, October 28, 8:15 PM PDT

We present a live conversation with program curators Petra Belc, who holds a doctoral degree in film studies and is pursuing independent research on Yugoslav experimental cinema, and Pavle Levi, a professor of film studies at Stanford and author of the recent books Jolted Images: Unbound Analytic and Cinema by Other Means. Access is included with rental of the streaming film program; you will receive an access link via email prior to the event.

Portraits are typically frontal—they put their subjects on display and invite viewers to look at them directly. By contrast, the experimental cinematic portraits and self-portraits presented in this program revel in multiplication of points of view and in decentered, even disjointed, depiction of people and places. Culled from the rich history of avant-garde filmmaking in Yugoslavia (1945–1991), diverse in aim, approach, and aesthetic sensibility, these works—some of which are extremely rare—showcase the unique power of cinema to probe the relationship between intimacy and exteriority as they creatively meander between observation and imagination; the face, the mind, and the body; the self and its abandonment. Bringing together established artists and lesser-known cine-amateurs, while foregrounding women filmmakers’ paramount though largely underappreciated contributions to Yugoslavia’s vibrant experimental scene, this on-screen portrait gallery is framed by two minimalist landscape films. The sky is the limit.

—Petra Belc and Pavle Levi

Films in this Screening

K3 or Clear Sky Without a Cloud
(K3 ili Čisto nebo bez oblaka)

Mihovil Pansini, Yugoslavia, 1963

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • Silent
  • 3 mins
source
  • Croatian Film Association
source
  • Cinéclub Zagreb

The Journey
(Putovanje)

Bojana Vujanović, Yugoslavia, 1972

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 2 mins
source
  • Academic Film Center, Belgrade
courtesy of
  • Bojana Vujanović

City in the Shop Window
(Grad u izlogu)

Tatjana Ivančić, Yugoslavia, 1969

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • 5 mins
source
  • Cinéclub Zagreb
Additional Info
  • Restored by the Kinoklub Zagreb, Austrian Film Museum, and the Light Shop/Digital Magic Studio.

Don’t Ask Where We Are Going
(Kuda idemo ne pitajte)

Tomislav Gotovac, Yugoslavia, 1966

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 11 mins
source
  • Croatian Film Association
courtesy of
  • Sarah Gotovac
courtesy of
  • Tomislav Gotovac Institute, Zagreb

Some Information
(Nekaj informacij)

Ana Nuša Dragan, Yugoslavia, 1968

FILM DETAILS 
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  • B&W
  • 8mm transfered to digital
  • Silent
  • 2 mins
source
  • Marinko Sudac Collection

Penelope 77
(Penelopa 77)

Biljana Belić, Dragiša Krstić, Yugoslavia, 1977

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • 7 mins
courtesy of
  • Nikola Krstić

How We Cut Up and Flipped Rambo
(Kako smo isekli Ramba—i okrenuli ga naopako)

Miroslav Bata Petrović, Miloš Savić, Yugoslavia, 1988

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 14 mins
source
  • Amateur Photo and Film Avant-Garde, Belgrade
courtesy of
  • Miroslav Bata Petrović
courtesy of
  • Miloš Savić
Additional Info
  • Three-projector Super 8mm transferred to digital

Erna (incomplete)

Erna Banovac, Yugoslavia, 1963

FILM DETAILS 
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  • B&W
  • 8mm transfered to digital
  • 3 mins
source
  • Cinéclub Beograd

Self-Portrait at the Graveyard
(Autoportret na groblju)

Slobodan Šijan, Yugoslavia, 1970

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • 8mm transfered to digital
  • Silent
  • 3 mins
courtesy of
  • Slobodan Šijan

Diary Films (excerpt)

Vukica Đjilas, Yugoslavia, 1970–1990s

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • 10 mins
source
  • Academic Film Center, Belgrade

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Dubravka Rakoci, Yugoslavia, 1978

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • 3 mins
source
  • 25FPS
courtesy of
  • Dubravka Rakoci