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Zelimir Zilnik
Желимир Жилник (name in native language)
 
Director
Producer, Scriptwriter
 
Country: Serbia
Born: 8 September 1942
 
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Želimir Žilnik  was born in Niš, Serbia in 1942. Currently he is living and working in Novi Sad. He has written and directed numerous feature and documentary films which have reaped many awards at domestic and international film festivals. Žilnik is renowned as an initiator of the docudrama genre. From the very beginning his films have focused on contemporary issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life.
The student demonstrations of 1968 and the turmoil that followed the occupation of Czechoslovakia are at the centre of Žilnik`s first feature film Early Works (1969) which was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and four prizes in Pula that same year.
After facing problems with censorship in Yugoslavia  Žilnik spent the mid-seventies in Germany, where he independently produced and made seven documentaries and one feature film, Paradise (1976).
Following his return to Yugoslavia at the end of the seventies, he directed a substantial series of television films and docudramas for TV Belgrade and TV Novi Sad.
By the end of the eighties Žilnik was making films through a cooperative structure of television and cinema production. All these works foreshadowed the growing tensions and looming political and social changes that were to affect the country.
Turning to independent film and media production in the nineties, he went on to make a series of feature and documentary films centering around the cataclysmic events befalling the Balkans.
The breakdown of the system of values in post-transitional Central and Eastern European countries and the problems facing refugees and immigrants within the new circumstances of an extended Europe became the focus of Žilnik`s most recent films. (From his official site)


Filmography
 
     
 
LogBook_Serbistan (2015)
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The Old School of Capitalism (2009)
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Kenedi Is Getting Married (2007)
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Kennedi goes back home (2003)
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Fortress Europe (2000)
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Marble Ass (1995)
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The Way Steel Was Tempered (1988)
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Illness and Recovery of Buda Brakus (1980)
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Paradise. An Imperialist Tragicomedy (1976)
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Freedom or Cartoons (1972)
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Early Works (1969)
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Old school capitalism: An Interview with Zelimir Zilnik at Cieaste
An interview with Zelimir Zilnik at Kinoeye
Zelimir Zilnik at Wikipedia (en)
 
 
 
 
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