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No Man's Land
Danis Tanovic
The bleak absurdity of the Bosnian-Serbian conflict and the outside world's impotent response to it is unforgettably portrayed in this dark satire. Three soldiers - two Bosnians and one Serb - end up trapped in the trenches that serve as a dividing line between armies. One soldier, originally left for dead, is used as a booby trap on a landmine, leading to an unexpected dilemma without an apparent resolution. An Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film. "...often harrowing to watch, but it can also be shockingly entertaining as it deftly mixes macabre humor, pathos, and horror" (Stephen Farber, Movieline). In Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, French, and English, with English subtitles; Bosnia/Belgium/France/Italy/Slovenia/Great Britain, 2001, 98 mins.
DVD | $37.95  


Serbo-Croatian Films


Anatema
Agim Sopi
In this Albanian drama, an American war correspondent (Lumnie Sopi) refuses to leave with her colleagues when Serbian forces overtake Kosovo. Before long, she is discovered hiding in a refugee camp, and is raped by soldiers. She survives and gives birth to a baby girl, but must fight a war of her own in order to keep the child. In Serbian-Croatian, Albanian, and English with English subtitles. Albania, 2006, 93 mins.
DVD | $37.95  

Before the Rain
Milcho Manchevski
Three intertwined stories about love and violence are joined in this haunting feature made during an especially turbulent period in the history of the Balkans. Set in the former Yugoslavia and London, Before the Rain combines ethical and moral quandaries with compelling situations and striking settings. "Extraordinary" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). Starring Katrin Cartlidge, Rade Serbedzija, and Gregoire Colin. An Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Picture. Director-Approved Criterion Collection Special Edition. Letterboxed (1.78:1). Newly restored hi-def digital transfer, supervised and approved by Manchevski. Includes audio commentary by Manchevski and film scholar Annette Insdorf, new video interview with Serbedzija, Manchevski's award-winning music video for Arrested Development's "Tennessee," stills gallery, theatrical trailer, improved subtitle translation, and a booklet with an essay by film scholar Ian Christie. In English, Macedonian, Albanian, and Serbian with optional English subtitles. Great Britain/Macedonia/France, 1994, 113 mins.
DVD | $59  

Go West
Ahmed Imamovic
Set in the war-torn Balkans of the 1990s, Kenan, a Muslim classical musician (Mario Drmac), and Milan, a Bosnian Serb (Tarik Filipovic), must hide their love from their differing families, a prejudiced society, and the bitter violence in the region. To avoid being targeted on religious and sexual grounds as they try to flee, Kenan disguises himself as a woman and poses as Milan's wife. "Courageous.bold, upfront directing" (Variety). In Bosnian with English subtitles. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005, 97 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

The Great Water
Ivo Trajkov
Hovering at the brink of death, a Macedonian politician gazes back on his eventful childhood in this moving and impressionistic drama from Ivo Trajkov. As doctors rush to treat the elderly Lem Nikidinoski, his thoughts turn to the years he spent at a camp for the children of deceased, anti-Stalinist parents. Here, among authoritarian superiors and imposing stone walls, young Lem (Saso Kekenovski) befriends resilient young Isak (Maja Stankovska), who lends him the courage to survive. "A bold step forward for Balkan cinema" (Variety). In Macedonian with English subtitles. Macedonia, 2004, 93 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Guardians of the Frontier
Maja Weiss
Maja Weiss's politically provocative adventure movie is billed as the first female-directed feature from Slovenia. Similar in some respects to Deliverance, it tells of three attractive teen girls who embark on a rafting trip down the Kolpa, the river dividing Slovenia and Croatia. Their dangerous voyage--thrilling and frightening in its own right--becomes an allegory for social and political unrest, both in the Balkans and throughout the world. "The film cannily blends ancient mythology and political content in its entertaining discourse on female sexuality" (All Movie Guide). In Slovenian with English subtitles. Slovenia, 2002, 100 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Hey Babu Riba
Jovan Acin
"A magic that is special to movies alone. The greatest pleasure in the world is to walk into a movie you never heard of, by a director you never heard of, and then be overwhelmed by beauty and memory and longing," wrote The New York Post. The warm and witty portrait of a close-knit group of Belgrade teenagers in Yugoslavia of the 50's, the magic of Jovan Acin's film focuses on four close-knit friends, all in love with the same girl. A cinematic tribute to a lost time and place, Hey Babu Riba was the sleeper hit of the London, Miami, Seattle and San Francisco Film Festivals. DVD is letterboxed, closed-captioned, and includes optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Serbian with yellow English subtitles. Yugoslavia, 1987, 112 mins.
DVD | $37.95  

Jagoda in the Supermarket
Dusan Milic
Produced by Emir Kusturica, this lively romantic comedy from former Yugoslavia follows a spurned war veteran (Srdjan Todorovic) on his armed hold-up of a western-style supermarket in Belgrade. As police surround the hostage situation, he and Jagoda (Branka Katic), the bound checkout girl, form a bond that could best be described as cuckoo bananas. "Dog Day Afternoon goes food shopping" (Variety). In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 2003, 92 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Loving Glances
Srdjan Karanovic
Senad Alihodzic and Jelena Djokic play a pair of young lovers separated by the war in the Balkins in this romantic-comedy from Serbian director Srdjan Karanovic. Thinking that his lover is gone for good, Labud (Alihodzic) enters the dating fray and finds that his efforts quickly spiral into comical disaster. A bittersweet film about trying to find normalcy in a post-war atmosphere of destruction and chaos. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. Serbia/Croatia, 2003, 97 mins.
DVD | $37.95  

Mirage
Svetozar Ristovski
Newcomer Marco Kovacevic gives an astonishing performance as a diminutive, bullied teen with an active inner life in this haunting film by Svetozar Ristovski. Hounded by bullies, abused by his alcoholic father, and betrayed by a once-encouraging teacher, Marco (Kovacevic) escapes into a world of his own creation. But when the war in his country comes into contact with his secret idyll, the boundaries between fantasy and reality become blurred. In Macedonian with English subtitles. Macedonia, 2004, 107 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

No Man's Land
Danis Tanovic
The bleak absurdity of the Bosnian-Serbian conflict and the outside world's impotent response to it is unforgettably portrayed in this dark satire. Three soldiers - two Bosnians and one Serb - end up trapped in the trenches that serve as a dividing line between armies. One soldier, originally left for dead, is used as a booby trap on a landmine, leading to an unexpected dilemma without an apparent resolution. An Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film. "...often harrowing to watch, but it can also be shockingly entertaining as it deftly mixes macabre humor, pathos, and horror" (Stephen Farber, Movieline). In Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, French, and English, with English subtitles; Bosnia/Belgium/France/Italy/Slovenia/Great Britain, 2001, 98 mins.
DVD | $37.95  

When I Close My Eyes
Franci Slak
Political intrigue meets romantic obsession in this enigmatic thriller. When the rural post office where Ana works is robbed by a young biker, she takes advantage of the confusion after the robbery to steal some money for herself. Despite the suspicions of the police regarding her complicity in the crime, she develops a bizarre attraction to the criminal and becomes increasingly focused on tracking him down, unwittingly delving into a deeper mystery involving her father's death during her childhood. "This tightly crafted, subtly suspenseful, and visually stunning thriller...is a must-see (Chicago Sun-Times). Slovenian with English subtitles. Slovenia, 1993, 99 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

The Wounds
Srdjan Dragojevic
Simultaneously exhilarating and despairing, this dynamic feature from the director of Pretty Village, Pretty Flame follows two youths as they become more and more involved in the underworld in Belgrade. Eventually they are victimized by the culture of violence that they willingly embraced, but it doesn't stop their self-destructive ways or their emergence as unlikely TV stars. The film works as a powerful indictment of the senseless bloodshed in the former Yugoslavia and the media's acceptance of that bloodshed. Veteran actor Miki Manojlovic (Underground, Cabaret Balkan) lends a fine supporting performance to the film, while the newcomers in the lead roles convey the thrill-seeking spirit of their characters. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles; Serbia, 1998, 103 mins.
DVD | $44.95