Film Screenings & Discussion. In Conversation with Filmmaker Goran Markovic

Event Location: 
Columbia University & Hunter College

Please join the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture and the Integrated Media Arts Program at Hunter College for a lecture and several film screenings in conversation with Goran Markovicfilm and theatre director, screenplay writer and playwright. The events will take place March 28-30, 2018 and will include screenings of the films Multitudes and Minorities (2017), Deja Vu (1987), and Tito and Me (1992).

Goran Markovic studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has directed approximately 50 documentaries, 11 feature films and three plays. Markovic has been awarded over thirty Yugoslavian, Serbian and international film and theatre prizes, including Best Director for Urnebesna tragedija (Tragédie Burlesque) at the Montreal World Film Festival 1995, Best Director for Tito i ja (Tito and Me) at the 1992 Sebastian International Film Festival, and Best Film for Sabirni centar (Meeting Point) at the 1989 Pula Film Festival of Yugoslavian Films. Turneja (The Tour, 2008) is based on his own award-winning play and was premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI and Best Director award. Turneja was the official Serbian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Academy Awards. His most recent documentary piece Multitudes and Minorities (2017) will have its US premier at Hunter College on March 29, 2018 at the below event.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Join us for a session of the Columbia University course: Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav Cinema

6:00pm
Columbia University, 507 Hamilton Hall 

Thursday, March 29, 2018
US premier of Multitudes and Minorities (2017) and Q&A with Goran Markovic

4:00pm
Room 424N, Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (North building at 68th Street between Lexington and Park)

The film Multitudes and Minorities (2017) is an exciting and provocative story created at the time when screenwriter and director Goran Markovic received the invitation from the National Theater in Pristina, located in the Culture Center in Gracanica, to direct his drama Speech Disorder there. After the premiere in January 2016, as Markovic said, the show began its tour in Kosovo, which is when Svetozar Cvetkovic, the producer, decided to make a film about it.

We considered that it wasn't enough to just report the play being on tour, but we had to to take this journey and the core of Speech Disorder - the question of identity and who I am, and could I change and be someone else, and what is the identity in general - and develop it into a documentary. Before this show, I didn't know much about Kosovo. While we worked, and especially during the tour, we were confronted with the essence of these people's problems-with hatred, a minority-majority relationship, and this was incorporated into the film; not as an illustration, but by the means of us, as travelers facing this problem. Goran Markovic 

Screening of Deja Vu (1978)

7:00pm
Room 424N, Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (North building at 68th Street between Lexington and Park)

An interesting Yugoslavian thriller that uses the traditional first-person psychofilm framework to make political points, with the standard dark childhood flashbacks used to show the effect of past upheavalsin this case the introduction of communism in Belgrade—on those living in the present. 

Friday, March 30, 2018
Screening of Tito and Me (1992)

7:00pm
Room 424N, Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (North building at 68th Street between Lexington and Park)

Goran Markovic, known more for his dramatic work, achieved something that’s eluded many great filmmakersboth smart and funny comedy. Based loosely on his own life as a kid growing up in Tito’s communist Yugoslavia in the 1950s, the movie centers around 10-year-old Zoran whose inspired poem about Tito written on a spur-of-the-moment-basis as an in-class assignment, earns him a trip with other deserving pupils retracing Tito’s “revolutionary trails” in Tito’s hometown of Kumrovec. 

Contact Name: 
Carly Jackson
Event Contact Email: 
crj2116@columbia.edu
Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 18:00 to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 22:00