The Comedy and Tragedy of Bora JoksimovicZelimir Zilnik
Focus and Retrospectives
D: Zelimir Zilnik
F: Ljubomir Becejski
E: Slobodan Jandric
After leaving Germany, Zilnik returns to Yugoslavia and carves out a niche for himself on TV. In the beginning he was allowed to work in a comedy department. The director portrays an amateur writer, a heating maintenance mechanic in the Zrenjanin theatre who decides to try his luck as a playwright. Zilnik named a number of his films after their main characters, as though compiling a pantheon of his own.
He was born in 1942, and is based in Novi Sad, Serbia. From the late 60s, his socially engaged films and documentaries in former Yugoslavia and his unique visual style earned him critical accolades, but also censorship in the 70s for his unflinching criticism of the government apparatus. Low budget filmmaking and challenging political themes mark Zilnik’s prolific career that includes over 50 feature and documentary films and shorts.