March 19 (Thu) - 7:30pm - April 29 (Wed) - 9:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2625 Durant Avenue #2250, Berkeley, CA

This landmark series brings to light a critically important, yet little-known, realm of cinema: the wave of avant-garde films that emerged in the countries of former Yugoslavia. We've invited the Slovenian Cinematheque, the Croatian Film Association, and the Academic Film Center, Belgrade, to curate programs showcasing films from their collections. Discover an experimental film movement of extraordinary richness, inventiveness, and uncompromising political engagement.

Wednesday, March 11
7:30 PM Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc

Introduction / Jurij Meden

Introduced by Jurij Meden. Two giants of the Yugoslav experimental film scene, "Black Wave" legend Karpo Godina and post-punk Davorin Marc, are profiled in this shorts program. "Godina threw himself into impossible situations and positions and emerged with wonderfully framed and brilliant pictures" (The Believer). (83 mins)

Thursday, March 19
7:30 PM Croatian Avant-Garde Filmmakers of the 1960s

Introduction / Pavle Levi

Introduced by Pavle Levi. The vibrant Croatian experimental scene of the 1960s is captured in this program of short works, featuring films by Vladimir Petek, Tomislav Gotovac, Ivan Martinac, and Lordan Zafranovic. (80 mins)

Sunday, March 22
5 PM The Experimental Film Movement in Serbia: Formative Years (1950s60s)

Witness the dawning of the notorious Yugoslav "Black Wave" in this compilation of Serbian shorts, which features the earliest work of Dusan Makavejev, as well as titles by Zivojin Pavlovic, Vojislav Kokan Rakonjac, Dragoslav Lazic;, Sava Trifkovic, Petar Arandjelovic, and Tomislav Gotovac. (75 mins)

Sunday, March 29
5 PM The Experimental Film Movement in Serbia: Years of Structure (1960s80s)

Tonight's program showcases the diversity of the experimental film movement in Serbia, including early experiments in structural film, and features works by Zoran Popovic, Slobodan Sijan, Ljubomir Simunic, Vjekoslav Nakic, Nikola Djuric, Radoslav Vladic, Ivan Obrenov, Bojan Jovanovic, and Miroslav Bata Petrovic. (80 mins)


Copresented by San Francisco Cinematheque. Jed Rapfogel organized this series, which tours from Anthology Film Archives to BAM/PFA and Cinémathèque Québécoise. A very special thanks to Jurij Meden, Slovenian Cinematheque and George Eastman House; Diana Nenadic, Croatian Film Association; and Miodrag Misa Milosevic, Academic Film Center, Student City Cultural Center, Belgrade. At BAM/PFA, we also extend our thanks to Jed Rapfogel and to Marco de Blois, Cinémathèque Québécoise.