Želimir Žilnik (Serbia)

Želimir Žilnik (b.1942, Yugoslavia) is an artist-filmmaker from Novi Sad, Serbia. In his highly prolific career, Žilnik has made over 50 feature and short films, which have been exhibited internationally at film festivals including Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam, Moscow and Oberhausen. From the late 60s, his socially engaged films in former Yugoslavia earned him accolades, but also censorship in the 70s and the 90s for his unflinching criticism of the government apparatus. His power to observe and unleash compelling narratives out of the lives of ordinary people is the common thread throughout his work.

Recently, Žilnik has been the subject of major career film retrospectives at Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2019; Cinemateca Argentina, 2018; Mar del Plata Int. Film Festival, 2017; Anthology Film Archive, New York & Harvard Film Archive, 2017; Ankara Int. Film Festival, 2016; DocLisboa, 2015; Arsenal, Berlin, 2015; Cinusp, Sao Paulo, 2014; Thessaloniki Int. Film Festival, 2014, etc.

Since 2010, his work has also been featured in programs of art galleries, museums and art institutes around the world (Documenta, Kassel; Venice Biennale; ICA London; MUseum MOderner Kunst Foundation Ludwig Vienna; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City).

Throughout 2018/2019, Žilnik's films and video installations have been featured in programs of art institutions like The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Flaherty Seminar New York, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst in Oldenburg, Lentos Art Museum in Linz, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, etc.

Alongside his production work, Žilnik has been active in educational areas: since 1997 he has been a mentor and executive producer in many international workshops, in Europe and USA.


Photo: Vuk Vukmirovic.

Filmography

  • Où en êtes-vous, Želimir Žilnik? / Where Do You Stand Today, Želimir Žilnik?
    2019
  • The Most Beautiful Country in the World
    2018
  • Among the People: Life & Acting
    2018
  • Destinacija_Serbistan / Logbook_Serbistan
    2015
  • Naš čovek u Gabonu / Our Man in Gabon
    2014
  • Pirika na filmu / Pirika on Film
    2013
  • Jedna žena – jedan vek / One Woman – One Century
    2011
  • Stara škola kapitalizma / The Old School of Capitalism
    2009
  • Kenedi se ženi / Kenedi Is Getting Married
    2007
  • Dunavska sapunska opera / Soap in Danube Opera
    2006
  • Gde je dve godine bio Kenedi / Kenedi, Lost and Found
    2005
  • Evropa preko plota / Europe Next Door
    2005
  • Kenedi se vraća kući / Kenedi Goes Back Home
    2003
  • EXIT ujutru / EXIT in the Morning
    2002
  • Cosmo Girls
    2000
  • Trdnjava Evropa / Fortress Europe
    2000
  • Kud plovi ovaj brod / Wanderlust
    1998
  • Za Ellu / For Ella
    1997
  • Do jaja / Throwing Off the Yolks of Bondage
    1996
  • Marble Ass
    1995
  • Tito po drugi put među Srbima / Tito among the Serbs for the Second Time
    1994
  • Silos Dunav, Vukovar / Silo Danube, Vukovar
    1993
  • Crno i belo / Black and White
    1990
  • Stara mašina / Oldtimer
    1989
  • Tako se kalio čelik / The Way Steel Was Tempered
    1988
  • Bruklin – Gusinje / Brooklyn – Gusinje
    1988
  • Vruće plate / Hot Paychecks
    1987
  • Posrnule ovčice / Stumbling Sheep
    1986
  • Lijepe žene prolaze kroz grad / Pretty Women Walking through the City
    1986
  • Beograde dobro jutro / Good Morning Belgrade
    1985
  • Stanimir silazi u grad / Stanimir Descending
    1984
  • Druga generacija / The Second Generation
    1984
  • Prvo tromesečje Pavla Hromiša / The First Trimester of Pavle Hromiš
    1983
  • Dragoljub i Bogdan: struja / Dragoljub and Bogdan: Electricity
    1982
  • Vera i Eržika / Vera and Eržika
    1981
  • Bolest i ozdravljenje Bude Brakusa / The Illness and Recovery of Buda Brakus
    1980
  • Dobrovoljci / Volunteers
    1979
  • Sedam mađarskih balada / Seven Hungarian Ballads
    1978
  • Naše zvezde sa ekrana duševna su naša hrana / Stars of 45 Turning in Your Mind
    1978
  • Komedija i tragedija Bore Joksimovića / The Comedy and Tragedy of Bora Joksimović
    1977
  • Placmajstori / Market People
    1977
  • Paradies. Eine imperialistische Tragikomödie / Paradise. An Imperialist Tragicomedy
    1976
  • Abschied / Farewell
    1975
  • Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten / I Do Not Know What That Should Mean
    1975
  • Hausordnung / House Orders
    1975
  • Inventur − Metzstraße 11 / Inventory
    1975
  • Unter Denkmalschutz / Under the Protection of the State
    1975
  • Öffentliche Hinrichtung / Public Execution
    1974
  • Antrag / Request
    1974
  • Ustanak u Jasku / Uprising in Jazak
    1973
  • Sloboda ili strip / Freedom or Cartoons
    1972
  • Žene dolaze / The Women Are Coming
    1971
  • Crni film / Black Film
    1971
  • Lipanjska gibanja / June Turmoil
    1969
  • Rani radovi / Early Works
    1969
  • Pioniri maleni mi smo vojska prava, svakog dana ničemo ko zelena trava / Little Pioneers
    1968
  • Nezaposleni ljudi / The Unemployed
    1968
  • Žurnal o omladini na selu, zimi / A Newsreel on Village Youth, in Winter
    1967

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