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Release: January 30, 2001

(Editors: The list of films contains the closest English translation of many foreign letters and characters, which were omitted to avoid problems with electronic transmission. Proper foreign spellings are available upon request.)

UI graduate student organizes class on cinema of former Yugoslavia

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Thanks to the efforts of a University of Iowa graduate student, the UI Libraries will soon have the most extensive collection in the United States of feature films from the former Yugoslavia. Sasa Milic, a Ph.D. student in the College of Liberal Arts department of cinema and comparative literature, organized the collection of these films so that he could teach a seminar this semester titled "Yugoslav Cinema 1945-1995." His seminar includes weekly film screenings, which are free and open to the public.

Milic spent a good part of last summer driving around Belgrade to find copies of the films he wanted his students to see. He had to contact numerous distributors and film archives in order to locate copies of the films he needed with English subtitles.

He said students in the course will gain a new perspective on the war-torn country and its culture. "No other part of Europe has elicited as much attention in recent years," he said. "The students will have insight into the culture to help them understand what has been happening there. They will also be able to see for the first time some of the most important films made in Yugoslavia during the last 50 years."

Corey Creekmur, director of the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture, said Milic went to great lengths to create this unique opportunity for UI film students.

"Without Sasa’s personal efforts, this course never could have been offered," Creekmur said. "Most of the films he is showing have never before been shown in the U.S. He had to track down distributors and visit archives in Belgrade and then make them understand that he intended to use the films for academic, not commercial, purposes. It really was a tremendous effort on his part."

Milic said that the course will focus on films from Serbia because he could not obtain copies of or permission to show most of the important films from other republics of the former Yugoslavia. Once the course is completed, the films will be housed in the UI Libraries, where they will be available for other students and scholars who wish to study them or include them in courses on European cinema.

Following are the dates of the film screenings. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held in Room 101 Becker Communication Studies Building on the UI campus.

Thursday, Feb. 1: Andrzej Wajda: Siberian Lady Macbeth aka Fury Is a Woman (Sibirska Ledi Magbet), 1961, 93 min, VHS
Zivorad Mitrovic, "March on the Drina" (Mars na Drinu), 1964,VHS

Thursday, Feb. 8: Zivojin Pavlovic, "The Awakening of the Rats" (Budenje pacova),1967, 67 min, VHS
Zivojin Pavlovic, "When I am Dead and Pale" (Kad budem mrtav I beo), 1967, 80 min, VHS

Thursday, Feb. 15: Dusan Makavejev, "Man Is Not a Bird" (Covek nije tica),1965, 80 min, 35 mm
Dusan Makavejev, "Love Affair, or the Tragedy of a Switchboard Operator" (Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice PTT),1967, 70 min, 35 mm

Thursday, Feb. 22: Alekandar Petrovic, "I Even Met Happy Gypsies" (Skupljaci perja),1967, VHS
Mica Popovic, "The Toughs" (Delije),1968, VHS

Thursday, March 1: Aleksandar Petrovic, "Three" (Tri),1965, VHS
Zivojin Pavlovic, "Ambush" (Zaseda), 1969, 80 min, VHS

Thursday, March 8: Zelimir Zilnik, "Early Works" (Rani radovi), 1969, 75 min, VHS
Dusan Makavejev, "WR: Mysteries of the Organism" (WR: Misterije organizma), 1970, 84 min, 16mm

Thursday, March 22: Zivorad Mitrovic, "Echelon of Dr. M" (Esalon Doktora M), 1955, VHS
Miomir Stamenkovic, "The Maiden’s Bridge" (Devojacki most), 1976, 93 min, VHS

Thursday, March 29: Srdan Karanovic, "The Fragrance of Wild Flowers" (Miris poljskog cveca), 1977, 93 min,16 mm
Goran Markovic, "National Class up to 785 cm3" (Nacionalna klasa do 785 cm3),1979, 75 min, VHS

Thursday, April 5: Srdan Karanovic, "Petria’s Wreath" (Petrijin venac),1980, 99 min,16 mm.
Rajko Grlic, "In the Jaws of Life" (U raljama zivota),1984, 95 min,VHS (Croatian)

Monday, April 9, 5:40 p.m.: Emir Kusturica, "When Father Was Away on Business" (Otac na sluzbenom putu),1985,144 min,16 mm. (Bosnian)

Thursday, April12: Slobodan Sijan, "Who’s That Singing Over There?" (Ko to tamo peva?),1980, 87 min,VHS
Goran Markovic, "The Collecting Point" (Sabirni centar),1989, 94 min, VHS

Thursday, April 19: Slobodan Sijan, "The Marathon Family" (Maratonci trce pocasni krug), 1982, 82 min, VHS
Zivko Nikolic, "The Beauty of Sin" (Lepota poroka), 1986,112 min, VHS

Thursday, April 26: Karpo Godina, "The Raft of the Medusa" (Splav "meduze"), 1980, 93 min, VHS. (Slovenian)
Slobodan Pesic, "The Harms Case" (Slucaj Harms),1987, 88 min, 35 mm

Monday, April 30, 6 p.m.: Goran Markovic, "Tito and Me" (Tito I ja),1992,104 min, 35 mm

Thursday, May 3: Emir Kusturica, "Underground," 1995,167 min