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BALKAN SOCIETY FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY

Old Dominion University's International Balkan Society presents its annual Balkan Movie Fest, beginning 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Richmond Room of Webb University Center.

Free admission and free popcorn and sodas.

The schedule includes:

Sept. 8
"Cheese and Jam" (Slovenia, 2002) Drama/Comedy
Plot outline: A story about a Bosnian guy and a Slovenian girl. She has a job, and he does not. He spends his days with a can of beer in one hand and the remote control in the other. They represent the bottom of the social ladder. So where is the comedy then? The only way you can find that out is to see this movie!

Sept. 9
"We are not Angels" (Serbia and Montenegro, 1992)
Plot outline: Angel and the devil fight for the soul of a Belgrade playboy who made a young girl pregnant.

Sept. 15
"In the Jaws of Life" (Croatia, 1984) Comedy
Plot outline: This movie, based in part on the popular novel, tells two tales about modern women. One is Stefica Cvek, average and lonely girl who is desperately trying to find the man of her dreams. The other story is about a woman director who is making the movie about Stefica and has the same problem.

Sept. 16
"Distant" (Turkey, 2002) Drama
Plot outline: Mahmut (Muzzafer Özdemir), a divorced, hermit-like photographer, lets his dopey cousin Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak) live with him for a while in Istanbul while Yusuf looks for a job so he can support his family in their native Turkish village. The distance -- and silence -- between the two lonely, depressed men soon grows to intolerance, on Mahmut's part, of the chaos Yusuf has brought into his life.

Sept. 22
"Dust" (Macedonia, 2001) Drama/Western
Plot outline: At the dawn of the last century in the American West, two brothers fall in love with the same woman. Lilith chooses the younger brother, Elijah. The embittered other brother, Luke, travels alone to Europe. His demons drive him to Macedonia, where he becomes a ruthless mercenary among numerous local gangs fighting viciously. The local revolution, however, takes on a personal face when pregnant Neda saves the dying Luke.

Sept. 23
"Underground" ((Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1995) Drama/Comedy
Plot outline: The story starts from an underground manufacture of weapons of Belgrade, during the WWII, and evolves into fairly surreal situations. The black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans forgets to mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. 50 years later, they become suspicious, and break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the guy was right: the war is still going.

Sept. 29
"Brides" (Greece, 2004) Drama/History/Romance
Plot outline: Set in 1922, is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS KING ALEXANDER, who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband, in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage Co-sponsors: Helenic society

Sept. 30
"Mila from Mars" (Bulgaria, 2004) Drama
Plot outline: A 16-old girl runs away from a dangerous man and gets into a faraway village near the border. Soon she finds out the only inhabitants there - nine old men and women - make their living by growing marihuana and the village is actually an illegal plantation belonging to the man she runs away from. However, she decides to stay there and nothing remains the same. A girl is afraid of her past, both disgusting and attracting her. She is afraid of her present, both suffocating her and giving her wings. And she is afraid of the future as it projects both her nightmares and her dreams. This film is about the only `bullet against fear` - love.

This article was posted on: August 26, 2005

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