Destination → Balkans

January 13 - 31, 2017

Pera Film is greeting 2017 with the program Destination: Balkans. Presented parallel to Pera Museum’s on-going exhibition Cold Front from the Balkans the program offers a different perspective into the region. The selection explores the various cinematic road journeys to or through the Balkans.

The Destination: Balkans’ selection predominantly includes Western European and American productions that discover this region through an outside eye. Welcome to Sarajevo and Harrison’s Flowers looks at two different wars on the same land through the eyes of journalists, while Twice Born and In the Land of Blood and Honey dives into the loves and families of those who are war torn. Some of the films focus on the aftermath of the war: A young man is sent to Bucharest by his mother’s ghost in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman; two young Italians are united in Romania because of the economical crisis in Banat (The Journey) and a king tries to save his kingdom in the mockumentary King of the Belgians. The Balkan made productions include: Bosnian director Danis Tanovic’s story of a Bosnian man returning home from exile in Cirkus Columbia; Bulgarian director Kamen Kalev focuses on an attacked Turkish family on the road and two Bulgarian brothers in his first feature film Eastern Plays.

Destination: Balkans brings hope, peace and humor from the roads of the land of war and love through the countries of Romania, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Serbia.

January 13

19:00 In the Land of Blood and Honey

January 14

16:00 Twice Born

January 15

14:00 Eastern Plays

16:00 The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

January 18

17:00 Cirkus Columbia

19:00 Banat (The Journey)

January 19

19:00 Welcome to Sarajevo

January 20

19:00 The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

21:00 King of the Belgians

January 21

14:00 Twice Born

17:30 Banat (The Journey)

19:00 Cirkus Columbia

January 22

14:00 Harrison’s Flowers

16:30 In the Land of Blood and Honey

January 24

19:00 Welcome to Sarajevo

January 25

17:00 Eastern Plays

19:00 King of the Belgians

January 31

19:00 Harrison’s Flowers

Welcome to Sarajevo

Welcome to Sarajevo

Harrison’s Flowers

Harrison’s Flowers

Eastern Plays

Eastern Plays

Cirkus Columbia

Cirkus Columbia

In the Land of Blood and Honey

In the Land of Blood and Honey

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

Twice Born

Twice Born

Banat (The Journey)

Banat (The Journey)

King of the Belgians

King of the Belgians

Program Trailer

Destination → Balkans

Destination: Balkans brings hope, peace and humor from the roads of the land of war and love through the countries of Romania, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Serbia.

Cold Front from the Balkans

Pera Museum’s Cold Front from the Balkans exhibition curated by Ali Akay and Alenka Gregorič brought together contemporary artists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Cold Front from the Balkans

Reality Bites!

Reality Bites!

Works by a large number of students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo deal with current and often painful themes from the socio-political, economic and cultural reality, raising awareness, appealing, warning, opening issues and offering new interpretations.

Demons, Symbols, and the Cosmos

Demons, Symbols, and the Cosmos

Beliefs surrounding illness and healing in Byzantium stem from the myths, astrology, and magic practiced around the Mediterranean by Jews, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Greeks.

A Night at Pera Museum

A Night at Pera Museum

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Pera Museum invites artist Benoît Hamet to reinterpret key pieces from its collections, casting a humorous eye over ‘historical’ events, both imagined and factual.