About the event

The period between the 1960s and early 1970s marked the height of productivity, creativity, and innovation in Yugoslav film. This screening will feature films from this rich period, focusing on work associated with a loose movement called New Film—derisively referred to as “the black wave” by their critics for their controversial exploration of the dark, hidden side of socialist society. Often formally experimental in the tradition of European vanguard cinema, New Film advocated for individual expression free from state control while at the same time endorsing Marxist socialism. Yugoslav New Film has rarely been shown in New York—this screening will expose new audiences to an important movement in foreign film and contribute to furthering its study. Discussion will follow the screening.

Readings: "Yugoslav Black Wave: The History and Poetics of Polemical Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s in Yugoslavia", Greg De Cuir