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Making Films in Times of Political and Financial Crises

Making films under financial and political constraints is an urgent topic in the current social climate. There is perhaps no better European filmmaker to explicate working in this climate than Yugoslav-Serbian director Zelimir Zilnik. Zilnik has been active making films since the 1960s, always working with a strong political consciousness and a confrontational attitude to the status quo. From his debut feature film receiving the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1969 to his career retrospective at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2019, Zilnik has constantly been one of the most vital and celebrated filmmakers on the European continent. On the occasion of his first UK survey program at Close-Up Cinema in London, he will lead a workshop at Goldsmiths for doctoral candidates working with the moving image and on the boundary between theory and practice. The workshop will consist of two parts; the first section involves a lecture with short screenings and discussions integrated, while the second part is student-led, inviting PhDs to contemplate their own research and projects. Particular themes of emphasis include navigating political action and creative work, the ethics of filmmaking, working with fiction/nonfiction, and strategies of fundraising and organising.

Later Event: 15 November
21st century Žilnik