09 20 Oct '24

Emir Kusturica

Super 8 Stories

90' - 2001 - Documentary - Dialogue: Serbo-Croatian
Director: Emir Kusturica Composer: No Smoking Orchestra With: Aleksandar Balaban, Nenad Gajin Coce, Goran Markovski Glava, Stribor Kusturica, Zoran Marjanovic Ceda, Emir Kusturica, Drazen Jankovic, Nenad Petrovic, Zoran Milosevic, Dejan Sparavalo, Dr. Nelle Karajilic
The film sets out in pursuit of the origins of the frantic, irresistible music some call Balkan punk. The protagonists of the film are the band No Smoking, a ten-piece ensemble that blends the folk music styles of the Balkans with the anarchic energy of rock & roll. The group, which was founded twenty years ago in Sarajevo, has won a large and devoted audience in Europe for their witty, raucous music. Like a gypsy caravan, they have passed through all the tragedies of the region’s history without seeking protection, without taking sides. The narrator and the man behind the story is Emir Kusturica. The film, which was shot using both Super-8 film and portable Digital Video cameras, offers a look at the band's fascinating 20-year history of struggling to survive the violent upheavals in the Balkans, as they tour Europe in the wake of their acclaimed 2000 album Unza Unza Time. (Mark Deming)

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Credits

Director

Emir Kusturica

Composer

No Smoking Orchestra

With

Aleksandar Balaban, Nenad Gajin Coce, Goran Markovski Glava, Stribor Kusturica, Zoran Marjanovic Ceda, Emir Kusturica, Drazen Jankovic, Nenad Petrovic, Zoran Milosevic, Dejan Sparavalo, Dr. Nelle Karajilic

Scenario

Emir Kusturica

Director of Photography

Emir Kusturica

Editor

Svetolik Zajc

Producer

Carlo Cresto-Dina, Raimond Goebel

More information

Dialogue

Serbo-Croatian

Countries of production

Italy, Germany

Year

2001

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