Želimir Žilnik


Želimir Žilnik (1942) is a Serbian film-maker, based in Novi Sad. Since the late 60s, his socially engaged films and documentaries in former Yugoslavia and his unique visual style have earned him critical accolades (Early Works, Golden Bear for Best Film at Berlinale 1969), but also censorship in the 70s for his unflinching criticism of the government apparatus. Low budget film-making and challenging political themes mark Zilnik’s prolific career that includes over 50 feature and documentary films, and shorts. Since the 1980s, he has been developing his unique docu-drama language, which he used throughout the 1990s to reflect on political tensions in the Balkans. Since 2000, his focus has shifted beyond the divided Balkans to question its relationship with the tightening controls at European borders, while delving into the complex issues of refugees and migrants in Fortress Europe (2000), followed by the film trilogy -  Kenedi Goes Back Home (2003),  Kenedi: Lost and Found (2005) and Kenedi is Getting Married (2007). After other projects, such as The Old School of Capitalism (feature, 2009), One Woman – One Century (doc, 2011), and Pirika on Film (docu-drama 2013) he comes back to the topic of immigration in the award-winning Logbook of Serbistan.