The Harriman Institute
The Program in Hellenic Studies
The School of the Arts Film Division
and the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
and with the gracious support of
The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival
The Consulate General of the Hellenic Republic
The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia
and the Romanian Cultural Institute
NEW BALKAN FILM
March 5 - 7, 2009
Columbia University in the City of New York
The fall of the Iron Curtain and the secessionist wars in the ex-Yugoslavia provoked considerable international interest in the Balkans throughout the last decade of the twentieth-century. These same events also engaged the creative powers of a set of film directors—Angelopoulos, Kusturica, Manchevski—, whose films garnered wide acclaim at festivals and sparked controversy in discussions of film. This multidisciplinary conference considers contemporary Balkan film made after this tumultuous decade. For while events in the region may have calmed, directors from the region continue to leave their mark. The conference features six films released within the last five years, to be screened in the presence of, and in conversation with, their directors. It also brings together scholars from Columbia University with an international group of critics drawn from the disciplines of film studies, literary, cultural and gender studies, sociology, and art history. Together, they will discuss new trends, transformations, and concerns of a new generation of Balkan filmmakers.
Registration for Thursday evening's screenings is required. Please register by following the link below. For all other events, no registration is necessary.