- Screening 4
04 June - 17 June 2018
As part of Želimir Žilnik exhibition “Shadow Citizens”, more than 20 Žilnik’s films will be available for online viewing. Many of these are rarely screened, and all are being made available online to this extent for the first time. The films trace various periods and different working conditions within Žilnik’s practice. They are organized in five sections, each available for viewing during the exhibition for two weeks.
The descriptions of the films were composed using material provided by Želimir Žilnik, primarily through several long conversations in Novi Sad and Zagreb, which extended over many months. They are stories that follow the curiosity of the curators surrounding Žilnik’s memories of the experiences of making each film, which he patiently and generously shared. As personal traces such as these open up future research and interpretations, the particular method of their collection, if there was one, was described by Želimir with yet another story: “As Mao Zedong said to his successor Hua Guofeng: With you in charge of business, I can relax.”
- Screening 3
21 May - 03 June
- Screening 2
6 May - 20 May, 2018
- INTERVIEW WITH ŽELIMIR ŽILNIK, april 2018.
INTERVIEW WITH ŽELIMIR ŽILNIK, april 2018.
WHW: Since we are trying to touch upon the entirety of your work and engagement through the exhibition Shadow Citizens, let’s start from the beginning. How did you become interested in movies?
ŽŽ: At the time when my generation was growing up in the mid-1950s, watching films was an obsession, like gadgets for today’s digital generation. At that time, the cinema was the only window open into the world. There were ten times more cinemas than there are today, and the repertoire was very rich. In one cinema they showed cowboy sagas by Howard Hawks, John Ford, Fred Zinnemann; in another cinema they showed dramas, Italian beauties, palaces, and the Mediterranean—Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni. By the end of the ’50s, more realistic films emerged with which we identifed: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and others.
- Želimir Žilnik and the Black Wave - Harvard Film Archive
Želimir Žilnik and the Black Wave
April 30 – May 21, 2017
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Actively engaged in making politically incendiary films for over 50 years, Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik (b. 1942) was a pioneering member of the radical Yugoslav “Black Wave” who, in 1971, read from the stage a manifesto entitled "This Festival Is a Cemetery" on the opening night of his stunning short, Black Film. Žilnik spoke about the worthlessness of abstract humanism, the exploitation of poverty and the “alleged bravery and socially conscious filmmaking which just represents the ruling fashion of bourgeois cinema.” No other film director in Serbia has remained committed to the idea of socially provocative and politically engaged filmmaking as persistently and as permanently as Žilnik.
- AGAINST STATUS QUO: LATE WORKS BY ŽELIMIR ŽILNIK
AGAINST STATUS QUO: LATE WORKS BY ŽELIMIR ŽILNIK
May 16, 2017 - May 23, 2017
THE DRYDEN THEATRE
George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607, USA
DATE: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Dryden Theatre
Želimir Žilnik | Filmmaker in Person. Rather than seeing migrants as an anonymous horde that should either be pitied or feared, Žilnik provides ample space for individuals to introduce themselves and display their values, so that the viewers can identify with them and begin to understand their struggles.