The Harriman Institute
Together with 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, The Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia 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.
Thursday 3/5/2009, 511 Dodge Hall, School of the Arts
Gordon N. Bardos, Harriman Institute
Vangelis Calotychos, Program in Hellenic Studies
THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (2005, d. Cristi Puiu) 150 min, Romania
Introduced by Mihai Chiriliov, Director, Transilvania International Film Festival
ARMIN (2007, d. Ognjen Sviličić) 82 min, Croatia
Ognjen Sviličić will be introduced by Yvonne Živković, Department of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Friday 3/6/2009, Room 569, Alfred Lerner Hall
9:30 AM. – 11: 15 AM.
Panel I– URBAN SPACES AND "PLANET YUGOSLAVIA "
Organized by the Slavic Department, Columbia University
Chairs: Andrey Shcherbenok, Columbia University
Mitja Velikonja, University of Ljubljana
"'This City Is Killing Me'": Arsen Anton Ostojic's That Wonderful Night in Split ."
Tench Coxe, Columbia University
"A Promising City , a City-Grave: Misa Radivojevic's Belgrade Allegories."
Marijeta Božović, Columbia University
"Marina Abramovic's Planet Yugoslavia ."
Eszter Polonyi, Columbia University
11:30 AM- 1:15 PM
Panel II – POST-WAR CULTURES
Organized by the Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia University
Chair: Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University
"'Family Resemblance' in the New Balkan Cinema."
Dušan I. Bjelić, University of Southern Maine
"From Angelopoulos to Anastopoulos: Migrations in Greek Film and the Balkan Prospect."
Vangelis Calotychos, Columbia University
New Romanian Cinema: A Personal Retrospective
Mihai Chirilov, Director, Transilvania International Film Festival
1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. LUNCH BREAK
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Professor of Film, Columbia University
"Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days: The Marxism in Melodrama Theory"
4:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M Altschul Auditorium (417 IAB)
THE TRAP (2007, d. Srdan Golubović) 106 min, Serbia
Srdan Golubović will be introduced by Biljana Ilić, Film Program, Columbia School of the Arts
7:00-7:30PM-Reception hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia
ESTRELLITA (2007, d. Metod Pevec) 97 min, Slovenia
Metod Pevec will be introduced by Eszter Polonyi, Art History Department, Columbia University
Saturday 3/7/2009, Altschul Auditorium (417 IAB)
10 AM – 11:45 PM
Panel III – PROJECTING POLITICS
Organized by the Film Division, School of the Arts, Columbia University
Chair: Richard Peña, Columbia University
"Kino-Commune, Or Filmmaking as Direct Socio-Political Intervention."
Pavle Levi, Stanford University
"From the Longue Durée to the Courte Durée: Balkan Cinema after the 1990s."
Marinos Pourgouris, Brown University
"Balkan films in Balkan Cultures: Projecting Gender on the Screen of Patriarchy"
Svetlana Slapšak, Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana and Editor-in Chief, ProFemina
11:45- 1:00 P.M. LUNCH BREAK
SNOW (2008, d. Aida Begić) 100 min, Bosnia
Aida Begić will be introduced by Ipek Celik, Department of Comparative Literature, New York University
CORRECTION (2007, d. Thanos Anastopoulos) 87 min, Greece
Thanos Anastopoulos will be introduced by Diana Wade, Film Division, Columbia
PANEL IV: DISCUSSION WITH THE DIRECTORS
Chair: Richard Peña, Columbia University
Discussion with the directors: Ognjen Sviličić, Metod Pevec, Aida Begić, Srdan Golubović, Thanos Anastopoulos