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The MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF MONTREAL) is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF.

Montreal ranks among the most prestigious festivals in the world. Filmfestivals.com rates this festival in the top 10

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A serbian review of The Whirlpool (Vir, Serbia, 2013)

 

Three years after its absence in the MMF's competition programs,  the Serbian cinema can be proud of its comeback with Bojan Vuk Kosovcevic’s movie The Whirlpool, competed in the first films selection. Made for modest, less than $300.000, Kosovcevic’s piece drew much attention with its maturity in expression and skillful directing in accordance with contemporary cinematic style mainly seen in big-budget productions. Blending some of the classical drama fundamentals with modern fragmentary narration, this complex triptych refracts its story through the eyes of an innocent hero nicknamed - The Count (Grof), a young artist who is dragged into the whirlpool of Serbian war reality of 90's, by mandatory military service. In the "peaceful", early post-war years, Count’s goal is to finish his own work of art that he paints on a street (wall), thus dispelling forever (and literally) the ghost(s) of war that haunts him. In Kosovcevic’s urban metaphor, Count’s liberation seems to be possible only after his childhood friends, direct representatives of the war's aftermath embodied in a violent skinhead and a criminal, are removed from the same streets.

 

Unlike typical films from former Yugoslavia that deal with the 1990s war issue, The Whirlpool can be distinguished by its approach rooted in the very nature of cinematic storytelling, well balancing facts with fiction, not just blindly following one or the other. Furthermore, the main character is proactive (contrary to the usually passive Serbian protagonists) - he fights his demons of the past and has a goal to defeat them; bad guys have their own human weaknesses being hunted by their own traumatic experiences (or guilty conscience) from early childhood (or adolescence); and finally, each according to merit is appropriately punished (or rewarded in the case of Count), making this, above all, human story very moral; not just because of the filmmaker’s understanding of his characters (which does not mean that he justifies their acts!), but rather by suggesting that there might be a way out - if we confront ourselves (as opposed to one of all-time favorite way of thinking - lay the blame on someone else).

 

This debut is one of those that even well experienced filmmakers would envy, and for Serbian cinema scene should be especially important, because it reveals a new filmmaker that deserves attention.

 

Dejan Nikolaj Kraljacic - Dex

 

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The MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF MONTREAL)is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF.

Montreal ranks among the most prestigious festivals in the world.
2015 Coverage  includes 120 articles and interviews with winning producers and directors. It was provided by Musivision Films, Laurie Gordon Musivision (video interview), Tom Llewellin, Ken Fernandez,  Dejan Nikolaj Kraljacic and Bruno Chatelin

 


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