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

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