Please join the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University's East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute for a screening of the Serbian film Love Hunter (2014) followed by a discussion with director Branislav Bala.
Love Hunter tells the story of Milan Mumin, the lead singer of a the hugely influential Serbian rock band Love Hunters, who in the 1990s electrified and gave voice to a generation of Serbians fighting an oppressive regime. Ten years later, we find Milan in New York City, driving a taxi (long shifts and loopy fares) and cobbling together funds for a recording session of his dream album to be recorded and released in America. When his bass guitar player suddenly quits, he finds a talented but prickly replacement and a romantic spark in a free-spirited guitarist named Kim. As rehearsals start picking up steam, Milan's longtime Serbian girlfriend Lela arrives with very different plans for their future—she wants him to come home to Serbia where his reputation will let him be anything he wants—but Milan is determined to make his recording in America, at any cost. The film was a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the week, and the New York Times called it "at once fantastical and gritty… one of the most refreshing New York independent films."
Branislav Bala, a writer, director, and producer, is a Serbian filmmaker based in New York City. He holds a MFA in film directing from Columbia University.