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ENFF On Tour: No Smoking in Sarajevo

Sunday 21 May | 19:00 hours | Rialto | Ceintuurbaan 338, 1072 GN Amsterdam

Gianluca Loffredo’s remarkable homage to one of the most famous bands in former Yugoslavia, had its Dutch premiere at Eastern Neighbours Film Festival. As one of the best films from our last edition, No Smoking in Sarajevo will be screened again at ENFF On Tour in Amsterdam. The film will be introduced by Mladen Sancanin, a former journalist of Radio Sarajevo, and followed by cocktails and acoustic performance by Miso Petrovic from Mostar Sevdah Reunion after the screening.

Synopsis

The history of the famous Yugoslavian rock band Zabranjeno Pusenje, through stories of its three first members, Sejo Sexon, Nele Karajlic and Zenit Djozic. Their story is emblematic of what happened in Yugoslavia in the last 30 years. It revisits the time of New Primitivism, famous TV show Top Lista Nadrealista and old concerts of Zabranjeno pusenje. The documentary provides great archive material, old important stories that help us understand the spirit of the time when the movement New Primitivism was founded. It was a subcultural movement established in Sarajevo in 1983 that, as a form of expression, used primarily music, comic sketches and witty dialogues in their shows on radio and television. They were openly critical, sharp and always entertaining. Their topics evolved around small, common Bosnian men and they could precisely spot weak points of the Yugoslav society with humour and a sting.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Sarajevo Film Festival, 2016 | DokuMfest, 2016 – Special Jury Mention | Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film, 2017 – Best Feature Film Audience Award | Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, New York City 2017 – Best Documentary

Country: Italy, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Year: 2016 | Length: 75 min | Director & Editor: Gianluca Loffredo | Screenplay: Andrea Postiglione, Gianluca Loffredo | Director of Photography: Tristan Guerlotte |Sound Designer: Marko Grgic | Production: Gildas Nivet – Grenouilles Productions, Colibri Film, Chacapa Studio | Subtitles: English