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The End of Europe: New Balkan Cinema

Simmering enmities spark a fierce battle of wills in a wintry wasteland. ... Hasan is a Muslim who left Bosnia before the war. He now lives a life of ennui and private anxiety in bitterly cold North Dakota. His 1963 Buick Riviera is not the symbol of his new life, but his refuge from it. ... When ... Read more
A surprising story of oppression told with remarkable access and clarity. ... When Albania broke with the USSR in 1960, Russians living there suddenly became personae non grata. Couples in mixed marriages were forcibly separated through exile and imprisonment. Thousands of marriages ended this way ... Read more
A Balkan blend of melodrama and farce. ... In 1953, a Romanian village has gathered for a wedding; the happy couple, the guests and the banquet are all ready… Just at that moment, the Russian Army arrives. Stalin is dead and the nation must mourn. Under threat of death, the oversexed couple ... Read more
“Humanely wrought.” - Eye Weekly ... Snow takes place amid the ruins and the anguish that followed the Serbo-Bosnian conflict. An isolated Bosnian village of mostly women and children must continue their lives in the absence of their husbands and fathers. The villagers worship, they wait and ... Read more
A witty and succinct set of urban myths from the hardscrabble years of Romanian communism.This portmanteau contains five stories from the ‘Golden Age' of the Ceausescu regime. Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, MIFF 08) has written them all, though he shares directorial duties with ... Read more
A demented black comedy/fantasy populated with countless lusty women and a handful of pugilistic men. ... Having accidentally killed the last man in their village, two sisters are pledged to hunt for his replacement. What they find is a dancing ladykiller, a circus strongman and a whole lot of ... Read more
A perilous black comedy. ... Serbia, 1993. A troupe of Belgrade actors takes a French farce on tour for a quick buck. The quaint Serbian towns the actors expect to find have become the scene of a civil war. Instead of bringing culture to the needy, they wander from one indistinguishable side to ... Read more
Shota Bukoshi takes Two Love Stories and uses them to open a window onto the harsh daily life of modern Kosovo. But no matter how tough it gets, girls will always dream of love. ... --- D/P/S Shota Bukoshi WS Shota Bukoshi L Albanian w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
A one-off noir thrill-ride artfully crafted from chiaroscuro and fog. ... In the opening moments, Moth is hurtled from a soviet jail into a stylised 60s Sofia underworld. He must steer at breakneck pace through the Kafkaesque communism, the severe architecture and the menagerie of bottom feeders ... Read more
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