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Želimir Žilnik (Serbia)
Želimir Žilnik (Serbia)
Serbian film director, one of the major figures of the Yugoslav Black Wave. Želimir Žilnik was born in 1942. From the late 60s, his socially engaged films made in former Yugoslavia (The Unemployed, Early Works, Black Film) earned him accolades, but also censorship in the 70s for his criticism of the government apparatus. Low budget filmmaking and challenging political themes mark his career that includes over 50 films. Since the 1980s, Želimir Žilnik has been developing his unique docu-drama language, used throughout 1990s to reflect on political tensions in the Balkans. More recently, his focus has shifted beyond the divided Balkans to question its relationship with the tightening controls of European borders, delving into the heart of issues of refugees and migrants in Fortress Europe, followed by Kenedi trilogy. Projects that follow, The Old School of Capitalism, One Woman – One Century, Pirika on Film and Logbook_Serbistan all add to the story of a system of values generated in disputable social systems, a narrative, which runs through Žilnik's film career so far.
Pavel Pechenkin (Russia)
Pavel Pechenkin (Russia)
Pavel Pechenkin was born in 1956. When he was young he created slide-films and experimental video-poetic theatre. From 1985 he was assistant director at Permtelefilm. In 1987, Pavel Pechenkin founded one of the first independent film studios in USSR – Novy Kurs (New Course). He has made over 40 films as a director and producer. Petcheնkin has been awarded multiple international film festivals’ prizes. He is the initiator for creating in Perm and Perm Krai a system of media-education. He is the President of IDFF Flahertiana, a member of Russian Filmmakers Union, member of Russian Film Academy.
Armen Khachatryan (Armenia)
Armen Khachatryan (Armenia)
In 1984, Armen Khachatryan graduated from Moscow All-Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK). He has been working at Hayk and Hayfilm Studios since 1984. During this period he took part in creating 45 films. His films have been presented at many IFFs. He lectures at the Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinema. Has professor's scientific degree. Being a documentarist, ha has made numerous films as a director, cameraman and scriptwriter.
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