THE SECOND KÜSTENDORF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENED
After last year’s spectacular funeral of the Hollywood action blockbuster Die Hard 4, the second Küstendorf International Film Festival at Mokra Gora started with quite a strange ritual – the commemoration which turned into unusual and unexpected world premiere of the fifth sequel of the famous Die Hard series. In front of bereaved assembly, friends and admirers, the newest, as-yet unreleased sequel rose from the grave. Vampirized Die Hard 5, brilliantly performed by the young stunt Branislav ‘Batica’ Fistric, shocked the audience by setting himself on fire by candle. Totally confused and aware that his life was short again, Die Hard 5 disappeared down the slopes of the Mokra Gora mountain. Afterwards, students, renowned authors, guests and large audience of the Küstendorf Film Festival had a chance to see the newest Mr. Kusturica’s release – Maradona. Showing of this film – which was its premiere in Serbia – started the Festival’s programme called Contemporary Trends. Mr. Kusturica also held a workshop in which he talked about the film Maradona, but also about the very idea of the Festival, emphasizing that ‘this festival tends to be smart, and therefore attempts to revive the idea of authors as the central figures of film art.’
Official opening ceremony started with the speech of Serbian Culture Minister Nebojsa Bradic and continued with a fashion show by designers Ana Petrovic-Siljkovic and Nevena Todorovic, who adapted the parts of the Serbian traditional costume to the modern trends. After that, the audience enjoyed the personal, home-production film Teeth Whitening. The competition programme included films made by students from Poland, Mexico, Czech Republic, Italy and Serbia.
Musical programme started with the famous Moldovan band Zdob Şi Zdub, whose energetic performance was just a hint of what is going to happen during the next seven days in Drvengrad – the town of film and music.