About the Festival
11th International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf, taking place from January 16 to 21 in Drvengrad, Mokra Gora, is organized by Rasta International under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the town of 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 of the 11th Interntional Film and Music Festival Küstendorf is screening 21 films by local and foreign authors. Films by young directors from the Netherlands, China, Lebanon, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Poland, Egypt, Israel, France, USA, Croatia, Mexico and from the Philippines are competing for the Festival awards ‒ Gold, Silver and Bronze Egg. Members of the international jury are professors Serge Regourd, citizen-professor and expert in culture policies, Vlastimir Sudar, film history and film theory professor, and rock critic Petar Popović. The Vilko Filač award will be given by István Borbás.
The competition received over 600 submissions, and the selected films stood out for their style, craftsmanship and authentic worldview.
Contemporary trends shows some of the best films of recent production. The Square by Cannes winner Ruben Östlund is opening the Festival. The acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino is the Festival’s guest on the second day with his controversial series The Young Pope, while his awarded films are going to be shown during Retrospective of Greatness. Contemporary trends will also show You Were Never Really Here by Lynne Ramsay, the Philippine film Pedicab which won of the Golden Goblet Award in Shanghai, Bulgarian Directions, Chinese Sunshine That Can Move Mountains, and the French-Belgian film Racer and the Jailbird. The directors of these films, Paolo Villaluna, Stephan Komandarev, Qiang Wang and Michaël R. Roskam are hosting the workshops with students.
Retrospective of Greatness is dedicated to prominent artists ‒ actor Aleksandar Berček and director Paolo Sorrentino. This program is also showing two Yugoslav films from 1967 ‒ The Birch Tree by Ante Babaja and The Feast by Đorđe Kadijević.
The additional Festival programme, Küstendorf Presents, is showing two new films by younger authors ‒ The Song of Sway Lake by Ari Gold and Tancrede Ramonet’s documentary No Gods, No Masters, A History of Anarchism.
Gary Lucas, TNSO, acrobat Sanja Radulović from Cirkusfera and contemporary dancer Dušan Murić are performing at the opening ceremony. The Japanese band JapaLkan are opening the Music programme later that evening. Küstendorf’s guests are also among the first to hear songs from the new album by Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra in concert on the second day of the Festival. Others scheduled to perform are Vlatko Stefanovski Trio, the French band Les Barbeaux and the legendary Serbian rock band Bajaga i Instruktori.
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 Kusturicа, Svetolik Mićа Zаjc, Dunjа Kusturicа, Mаrko Milosаvljević, Milicа Jelаčа, Mаrijа Meršnik, Mаjа Kusturicа, Nаnа Kusturicа, Nenаd Meršnik, Drаgаn Rаdivojević Lаv, Drаgаn Teodorović Zeko, Žаrko Brecl, Strаhinjа Mаrković, Aleksаndаr Jаkonić, Christopher Mondt, Dаnijelа Rаkić, Zorаn Lončаrević, Bojana Antonić, Vlаdimir Milаnović, Mаrinа Pаlаlić, Anа Uzelаc, Oliverа Isаilović, Brаnko Tomović, Božidаr Mаrinković, Uglješа Vrcelj, Žаrko Bubаlo, Željkа Bаšić Stаnkov, Jelenа Stojаnović, Sаšа Kаrаnović, Wolfgang Lange, Anđela Ilić Rajović
The 11th Küstendorf
International Film and Music Festival
16-21 January 2018
Milorada Mitrovića 15
11 000 Belgrade
tel / fax: +381 11 24 31 505
Programme Coordinator – Guest Service