The Tenth International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf is held on 14-19 January, 2017 in Drvengrad on Mokgra Gora. The Festival is organized by the production company Rasta International under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, town Mećavnik and The No Smoking Orchestra. As in the previous years, Küstendorf is dedicated to emerging filmmakers and the greats of world auteur film.
COMPETITION PROGRAMME – The Competition Programme of the Tenth International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf includes twenty two films by local and foreign authors. Films by young directors from Bulgaria, Denmark, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Hungary, Moldova, Nepal, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Republika Srpska, Serbia, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Montenegro, Chile, Switzerland and the Philippines are competing for the festival awards – Golden, Silver and Bronze Egg. International jury members include Geling Yan, writer and screenwriter, Christian Valsamidis, expert in entertainment industry law and cinema economy, and Nikola Ležaić, director. The Vilko Filač award for best photography will be awarded by István Borbás and Michel Amathieu, directors of photography.
CONTEMPORARY TRENDS show some of the best films from the previous year. These films will be presented by their authors – festival guests – at workshops following film screenings. This Küstendorf will show The Woman Who Left directed by Lav Diaz; In Bed with Victoria directed by Justine Triet and represented at the Festival by actress Virginie Efira; Flowers of Evil by Finnish director Antti Jokinen, awarded Best Director at the Shanghai Film Festival; De Lan, winner of the Shanghai Film Festival and directed by Liu Jie; and Soul on a String directed by Zhang Yang. Also, On the Milky Road, the latest film by the Festival’s founder, director Emir Kusturica, will be shown at this Festival.
NEW AUTHORS – This Küstendorf programme brings visitors and guests feature films by young authors awarded or nominated at international film festivals. In the previous years, these authors and their short films took part in the Competition Programme at Küstendorf. Director Eliza Petkova competed at last year’s Küstendorf, and this year she returns with her feature film Zhaleika awarded the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury at the Berlin Film Festival. The New Authors Programme will show All the Cities of the North directed by award-winning young director Dane Komljen; Old Stone, awarded at film festivals in Stockholm and Toronto and directed by Johnny Ma; and Indivisible by Italian director Edoardo De Angelis, winner of four recognitions at the Venice Film Festival.
RETROSPECTIVE OF GREATNESS – This year’s retrospective is dedicated to screenwriter Gordan Mihić, whose work has left a great mark on Serbian cinematography. This programme will show films When I am Dead and Gone and The Rats Woke Up by Živojin Pavlović; Crows, directed by Gordan Mihić and Ljubiša Kozomara, Mechanism by Đorđe Milosavljević and Emir Kusturica’s Black Cat, White Cat. Also, this programme includes films by Lav Diaz, who is a special guest of this year’s Küstendorf.
MUSIC PROGRAMME – Every night after the screenings and the workshops, different bands add flavour to the praised Küstendorf night life. On the first night of the Festival, good atmosphere will be created by Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra, Adam Stinga and Novi Sad Big Band. The Music Programme also features renowned blues-jazz guitar player Ana Popović, Serbian rock band Van Gogh, and Argentinean-Columbian ska punk band Che Sudaka.
International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf is one of the few festivals creating opportunities everywhere for the exchange of energy between the emerging and the experienced artists, at the same time welcoming acclaimed authors, actors and musicians, numerous young filmmakers and film school students from around the world, and other eminent guests from the world of film.
Mećavnik can be reached from three different directions: from Belgrade, from Višegrad, or from Zlatibor.
From Belgrade, there are multiple routes. From Belgrade, the most frequent route is taking national road M22 to Preljina, and then taking road M5 through Čačak, Požega, and Užice. From Užice, follow E761 through Kremna. At the tenth kilometer after Kremna, there is a sign on the right-hand side to turn for Mećavnik where Drvengrad is located. The second way to travel from Belgrade is through Valjevo, Bajina Bašta, and Kremna, and then to continue as previously explained.
From the west of the Balkans, take the M5 highway across the national border. The turn for Drvengrad will then be on the left-hand side of the road. From the south of the Balkans, travel through Zlatibor, following E761 and E763.
From the Belgrade bus station, there are several daily departures for Višegrad. In this case, the passenger should tell the driver in advance to stop at Mokra Gora railway station as this is not one of the regular stops.
The Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival was founded in 2008 with the idea to bring together the icons of contemporary author’s cinema and young, future filmmakers. The festival takes place every year in January in Drvengrad in Mokra Gora, organized by “Rasta International” and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia. The founder of this unique film and music festival is celebrated film director Emir Kusturica.
Kustendorf is a unique festival, without red carpet, billboards and advertisements, fully devoted to film, music, friendships and exchange of creative ideas and energy.
Drvengrad, the town made of wood, is the center of all festival happenings. It is a place where films are screened, concerts performed, where people meet, make friends, fall in love, work, learn, rest, sleep, eat, think and enjoy. Like any other town, Drvengrad has a central square with the church of St. Sava, a library, an art gallery, a market, a kindergarten, a “prison”, a swimming pool, a sauna, a hair salon, a pastry shop, a grocery shop, a sports area, cinemas, restaurants and many other facilities that make the visit to the Festival an unforgettable experience.
The film programme at Kustendorf Festival is screened in several theatres. The Competition Programme and the Contemporary Trends Programme is screened at the biggest, Damned Yard theatre. Other films are shown in the Noam Chomsky amphitheater. After the projections of films, workshops are held by renowned film authors.
Every night at midnight, after the screenings and workshops, various music stars perform on stage.
No two rooms are alike in Drvengrad, since each room contains uniquely painted and handcrafted furniture, a different view and a different path leading to it. The rooms are located in authentic log cabins and all provide a bathroom, TV, phone and Internet access. During the Festival, accommodation in Drvengrad is booked for guests and participants of Kustendorf. Guests are also accommodated in hotel Iver in a newly opened ski resort, and Vizitorski centar, in close proximity of the village.
Restaurant Visconti – local and international cuisine provided for the Festival participants and guests
Cafe The Damned Yard – a perfect place to meet people in a great atmosphere
National restaurant Lotika – a national cuisine restaurant
Pastry shop Kod Ćorkana – sweets and hot drinks
Kapor Bar – a place to enjoy jazz music
Kind and diligent staff at the reception of the Mećavnik hotel will provide you with all necessary information about the festival, accommodation and events, and give answers to all your questions.
Like in previous years, young filmmakers and students whose films will be presented at the International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf, will be picked up from Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport by our welcome service and transferred to Kustendorf – Drvengrad.
Emir Kusturica, Svetolik Mića Zajc, Dunja Kusturica, Marko Milosavljević, Milica Jelača, Bojan Pivaš, Dragana Bedov, Marija Novaković, Maja Kusturica, Anđelija Janićijević, Nana Kusturica, Nenad Meršnik, Dragan Radivojević Lav, Dragan Teodorović Zeko, Žarko Brecl, Strahinja Marković, Aleksandar Jakonić, Milan Nešković, Christopher Mondt, Danijela Rakić, Zoran Lončarević, Vlada Milanović, Marina Palalić, Ana Uzelac, Olivera Isailović, Branko Tomović, Uglješa Vrcelj, Žarko Bubalo, Raketa Watch Factory, SuperDot.
The 10th Küstendorf
International Film and Music Festival
14-19 January 2017
Milorada Mitrovića 15
11 000 Belgrade
tel / fax: +381 11 24 31 505
Programme Coordinator – Guest Service