Kustendorf Film Festival Ends

Sixth Kustendorf ended tonight after giving out awards to best film workers and a spectacular firework.

International film and movie festival Kustendorf’s Golden Egg award for best movie was given to young author Jan Czarlewski from Switzerland for his short “Stammering Love”.

Silver Egg was given to Rasmus Kloster Bro from Danmark for his short movie Barvalo, while the Bronze Egg was given to Israeli author Yaniv Linton for his film Tateh.

Jury awarded special recognition to Martin Rat (Poland) for the documentary “Written In Ink” and Jelena Gavrilovic (Serbia) for her short movie “I Am Not Your Friend”.

Awards for upcoming movies were given to Yimou, Bellucci and Gohtar.

Best works were selected by the international jury, which was comprised of Israeli writer and actress Alona Kimhi (president of jury), American movie producer, production director and assistant of director Michael Hausman and Serbian media theorist and film and TV director professor dr Oleg Jeknic.

Wonderful Monica Bellucci To Star In New Kusturica’s Movie

Special guest of the sixth Kustendorf film festival Monica Bellucci told in a short conversation with film students that the cooperation between an actor and a director is “based on chemistry” and expressed her confidence that her cooperation with Emir Kusturica will be wonderful.

“Emir is a powerfull man, with a powerful voice, great authority, but also a great poet”, said Bellucci who will play the lead role in Kusturica’s next movie “Love and war”, which will start filming in May in Trebinje.

In conversation with students who attend workshops at the festival, she answered a question about her first love. The popular actress said that she fell in love for the first time when she was six, and that the love lasted for four years.

“When my daughters come to me and say they are in love, i take it very seriously, because it is the same if you are in love whether you are six, twenty, or older. Because of love, we suffer our entire life”, said Monica Bellucci, while her answer was followed by a loud applause.

Kustendorf Festival Begins

Sixth “Kustendorf” film festival starts today at Mokra Gora – festival dedicated to both contemporary greats and upcoming stars of movie industry.

Festival will officially start with a hologram showdown between director and founder of the festival Emir Kusturica and Hollywood actor Bruce Willis, followed by screening of “Flowers of War” by Zhang Yimou in the “Prokleta avlija” theater. This year’s “Movie greats retrospective” is dedicated to Mr. Yimou.

Besides Monica Bellucci and Audrey Tautou, celebrities who confirmed their attendance at the movie festival “Kustendorf” include also members of Pink Floyd David Gilmour and Nick Mason, director of the British movie institute Amanda Neville and Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

28 movies from Great Britain, Denmark, Israel, Korea, Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Serbia, USA, Philippines, France, Holland, Montenegro and Switzerland will compete for festival awards “Golden”, “Silver”, and “Bronze Egg”.

During the seven days of the festival, visitors will be able to see works such as “Flowers of the war” by Zhang Yimou, “Beasts of the southern wilderness” by Benh Zeitlin, “7 days in Havana” by Elia Suleiman and many other movies.

Nikita Mihalkov, Johnny Depp, Jim Jarmoush, are just some of the famous directors and actors who visited the festival organized since 2008 by Serbian director Emir Kusturica, author of “Time of the gipsies”, “Underground”, “When father was away on business” and other masterpieces.

Kusturica’s Third Construction Project

Famous Serbian movie director Emir Kusturica is making plans that, after Drvengrad in Mokra Gora and Andricgrad, build an ethno-village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Romanija mountain.

“The Ethno-village would form a triangle with Mokra Gora and Andricgrad and that project could be one of pillars of people’s survival in this region”, said Kusturica to Tanjug news agency.

Kusturica attached the last two projects to his film work. Movie “Life is a miracle” was filmed at Mokra Gora, while a movie based on Ivo Andric’s novel “Bridge on river Drina” has been planned in Andricgrad. It would not be a surprise if the latest Kusturica’s “town” is also used in the future as a scenery for one of his upcoming movies.

Project “Drvengrad” at Mokra Gora has been for years place where the movie festival Kustendorf takes place, and a very popular touristic destination throughout the year. The same future is predicted for “Andricgrad”, the building of which is in its final stages.

Pink Floyd, Bryan Ferry And Monica Bellucci Guests Of ‘Kustendorf’ Festival

Members of Pink Floyd David Gilmour and Nick Mason, legendary musician Bryan Ferry, famous actress Monica Bellucci, director of the British movie institute Amanda Neville and Chinese director Zhang Yimou are among the celebrities who confirmed their attendance at the movie festival “Kustendorf”.

– Gilmour, Mason and Ferry were informed about what we do, they saw my movie “Black Cat, White Cat” and that was enough for them to decide to come and meet young movie industry workers. To meet such great names for me personally was a dream come true when I was young, so that’s how the young participants of the “Kustendorf” feel now, says Emir Kusturica, director and founder of the festival.

Nikita Mihalkov, Johnny Depp, Jim Jarmoush, are just some of the famous directors and actors who visited the festival organized since 2008 by Serbian director Emir Kusturica, author of “Time of the gipsies”, “Underground”, “When father was away on business” and other masterpieces.

Kustendorf Festival Ready For Guests

Only one month left until the beginning of one of the most original film festivals in Europe.

International film and music festival Kustendorf will be held from 16th to 22nd of January at Mokra Gora, supported by Serbian Ministry of culture.

Festival’s founder, famous movie director Emir Kusturica, author of “Time of the gipsies”, “Underground”, “When father was away on business” and other masterpieces, will be host to the “Golden Lion” winner Zhang Yimou, author of “Gomora” Matteo Garrone, Alexey Balabanov and other famous movie industry names.

During the seven days of the festival, visitors will be able to see works such as “Flowers of the war” by Zhang Yimou, “Beasts of the southern wilderness” by Benh Zeitlin, “7 days in Havana” by Elia Suleiman and many other movies.

28 movies from Great Britain, Denmark, Israel, Korea, Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Serbia, USA, Philippines, France, Holland, Montenegro and Switzerland will compete for festival awards “Golden”, “Silver”, and “Bronze Egg”.

Andricgrad Soon To Be Finished

In one of the most beautiful spots in the Balkans, close to the city Visegrad, the former Yugoslavia’s most celebrated film director Emir Kusturica, author of “Time of the gipsies”, “Underground”, “When father was away on business” and other masterpieces, is building a medieval city that will have about 50 buildings. The city will be called Andricgrad.

New-old city is inspired by the book The Bridge on the Drina, published in 1945 by the Nobel laureate Ivo Andric. Kusturica said that the first time he got the idea for the project was when he stopped in the town Visegrad during his honeymoon in 1978.

His mini-town will have an Ottoman caravanserai, an Austro-Hungarian academy of fine arts, an Orthodox church, a bookshop, a new town hall, a hotel, a marina, a helipad and an opera house in which Kusturica plans to stage the premiere of a work he is writing, based on Andric’s masterpiece.

Andricgrad is due for completion in 2014. It is a joint project between Kusturica, who has a 51% share, and the government of Republika Srpska, the Serbian half of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Emir Kusturica previously built Drvengrad in Serbia, a traditional village also known as Küstendorf, where he filmed “Life is a Miracle”.