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”.