Festival Profile

International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf will take place from 16th to 22ndJanuary 2013 in Drvengrad in Mokra Gora, Serbia organized by “Rasta International” and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia. As in previous years, the Festival is dedicated to future filmmakers and already acclaimed authors.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME – Twenty-eight films from: Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Philippines, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Serbia, Switzerland, UK and USA will compete for Golden, Silver and Bronze Egg Awards. The diversity of topics and film genres, together with the high quality of selected films, promise to bring an exciting competition full of suspense. International jury consists of the Israeli author and actress Alona Kimhi (President of the Jury), American film producer, production manager and assistant director Michael  Hausman and Serbian media theorist, film and TV director prof. Oleg Jeknić, PhD. This year the “Vilko Filač” Award for Best Cinematography will be decided upon by the famous Czech cinematographer Martin Šec and Svetolik Mića Zajc, celebrated Serbian sound editor and designer. As in previous years, the Competition Programme selector is Dunja Kusturica.

RETROSPECTIVE OF GREATNESS is a programme dedicated to Zhang Yimou, one of the most influential film authors of today who will, as one of the Festival’s guests, give workshops for students after the screenings of his films. As part of this programme, the following films of China’s director Zhang Yimou will be screened: Not One Less (1999) that won Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion, and Raise the Red Lantern (1991) that won Silver Lion award for Best Director at the 1991 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

CONTEMPORARY TRENDS programme presents some of the last year's most important films and their authors – the festival’s guests. They will give workshops after the projections of films. During  seven days of Kustendorf, in this programme, the following films will be screened: Flowers of War by Zhang YimouBeasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin that won the Caméra d'Or award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; Me Too by Aleksey Balabanov; Reality by Matteo Garrone, the winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012; Araf – Somewhere in Between by Yeşim Ustaoğlu. Film 7 Days in Havana will be presented by Palestinian film director Elia Suleiman, one of seven famous world directors gathered together to work on this project.

The EVERGREEN programme will remind us of some of the most significant films of the past, such as the Time Stands Still (1982) by Péter Gothár, who will, as a special festival guest, give a lecture after the projection. Within this programme, we will have opportunity to present movies of one of the most influential Polish authors Krzysztof Kieślowski–– Camera Buff (1979) and A Short Film About Killing (1988). Furthermore, a short students movie  Guernica from 1978, directed by Emir Kusturica, will be screened.

NEW AUTHORS – is the programme that presents debut feature-length films by new promising talents slowly conquering the film world using new and original film language. We will have the opportunity to watch this-year Venice Film Festival's Critics' Week discovery, She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone by the young Mexican director Natalia Beristain; Notafootball film by a young Russian artist Konstantin Smirnov; It's simple by Sonia Karpunina - winner of the Golden Egg award at the International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf in 2011, and documentary 31st HAUL by talented Russian film-maker Denis Klebleev.

MUSIC PROGRAM – Every night, after the screenings and workshops, the concerts of the international music stars will complete the atmosphere of Kustendorf nightlife. This year on Kustendorf we present: Nemanja Radulović & Devil's Trills (France / Serbia), Debout Sur Le Zink (France), Dejan Petrović Big Band (Serbia), Trio Balkan Strings (Serbia), Radio Zastava (Italy) and Che Sudaka (Spain).

THE EXHIBITIONS - International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf 2013 in collaboration with The Film Museum in Łódź will present the exhibition KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI SIGNS AND MEMORY arranged to commemorate one of the most famous Polish directors, Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941-1996). This multimedia, biographical and retrospective exhibition will be open every day during the festival at the Drvengrad Gallery “Mazzola”.

Second exhibition - FOLK COSTUMES FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, organized by Sava Dečanac Cultural Center and the Kopaonik Cultural Artistic Society from Leposavić in collaboration with Kustendorf Festival will be open to visitors daily throughout the duration of the festival at the reception of the Mećavnik hotel in Drvengrad, Mokra Gora.

 International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf 2013 will welcome all participating film authors and actors, as well as numerous young film students, authors, and many distinguished guests from the international film world.