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21st century Žilnik

The award-winning Yugoslav-Serbian filmmaker Zelimir Zilnik is one of the more successful and decorated elder statesmen in European cinema. With a career that began in the 1960s, and continuing today at a lively pace of activity that spans both the film world and the art world, a polyvalent history that is inclusive of major aesthetic and political shifts in European cinema can be traced through his work. This symposium at Birkbeck, on the occasion of Zilnik’s first UK survey program (which will be presented at Close-Up Cinema in London), is an opportunity to consider the wider context that structures Žilnik’s career and links his work to different currents in interdisciplinary research. It brings together leading theoreticians and practitioners for animated discussions and who will give presentations on the following topics: Socialist Yugoslavia and the history of its film and television practices; documentary film and hybrid filmmaking; New German Cinema and transnational filmmaking; post-socialist transition and post-Yugoslav television and cinema; contemporary practices and political cinema in Europe. Greg de Cuir Jr, curator of Zilnik’s UK survey program, will moderate the symposium. Zelimir Zilnik will participate in a closing panel discussion.