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Pandora’s Box

  The day before the last day of festival, the International Film Festival FEST 2010 presented 3 different authors, German artist Ulrike Ottinger, Albanian film director Artan Minaroli and Serbian film crew of “Flashback” another small author Serbian film.     



One of the most interesting guests of this press conference was definitely Ulrike Ottinger with her film “The Korean Wedding Chest”. Ulrike Ottinger is, beside being a film and theatre director, a well known painter and photographer, today living in Berlin and on 38th FEST in Belgrade she represented film “The Korean Wedding Chest”.  Korean wedding chest, according to author, is very mysterious object. And when the wedding chest gets to be open, according to Koreans, entire world open up. In film, the wedding box is more then just a box. It is alive and at the same time very traditional symbol in Korea, and people in Korea, have very good idea of what goes there after the wedding. Film describes individual elements and their meaning in details, with origin of the subject, colors, the way how it is set up and packed up…All these rituals are precisely determined and has become unbelievably differential during the time, but present archaic model. At the same time, we link it with Pandora box, the box that defines someone’s destiny, one way or another. Opening of the box at beginning of film symbolizing the ghost in the lamp and for the author, it is very good chance to use old form of dramaturgy in her film.  



The other guest on 7th FEST2010 press conference Artan Minaroli, Albanian film director of the film “Alive”, with film based on a real life events that represents contrast between modern Albania and “ghosts from the past” still in nowadays, living in Albania. Of course I am talking about blood retaliation, a primitive nasty little custom, still present in some backward countries. Artan in his film has tried to explain contrast between people who accept avant-garde and modern culture and people that are still living in the old stone built houses. The idea of blood retaliation exists in the individual’s mentality or head and every individual soon or later come across on the crossroad in life.     

And finally another Serbian low budget film was presented to the audience of FEST2010, the “Flashback” directed by young Aleksandar Jankovic: film about a man who comes back from prison to find his family falling apart. Film is directed with uncommon aesthetics and it is shot on interesting and unusual way.


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