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Cinematic Shift

Academic journal article Afterimage

Cinematic Shift

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FEST 2005: Belgrade's 33rd International Film Festival

Belgrade, Serbia

February 25-March 6, 2005

French screen legend Catherine Deneuve opened Belgrade's 33rd International Film Festival--FEST 2005--on February 25, 2005 in the Serbian capital. Following her appearance was the screening of Andre Techine's film Les Temps Qui Changent (The Changing Times, 2004), starring Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.

The annual film festival, this year featuring 72 films (with 27 of the films' directors in attendance), honors and represents visual ideas on an international level. Despite the disjunction between sightseeing and participation in film, it informs and educates the audience on a broad range of social and political issues across the globe. For instance, the political film Awakening From the Dead (2005), directed by Milos Radivojevic, addresses the impact of ideology on a society where political myths have had the upper hand over reality. Serbian political reality often results in a conspiracy of silence, built up by violence of all kinds, which ultimately leads to apathy. In light of the country's neo-colonial cultural policy, contemporary Serbian films deal with subjects related to post-communist agony, in a time when Serbian society must be prepared to face immediate past events and reveal half-truths or simply ignored truths. …

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