Black Film

Crni film

  • Želimir Žilnik
  • Republic of Yugoslavia
  • 1971
  • 17 min
  • Top 10

Novi Sad, Serbia, Friday, January 29, 1971. It’s three o'clock in the morning. Speaking straight to camera, the then 28-year-old director and lawyer Želimir Žilnik explains that in the course of the film he will try to find shelter for the six homeless men he has just picked up from the street. And this, as the viewer will see, is a hellish job.

Given that there are no solutions to be found in the middle of the night, and he also wants his outcasts to play a role in his film, he takes all six of them back to his own flat. He yells at his guests to be quiet because his wife and child are asleep, and firmly instructs them not to take off their shoes. The next morning, armed with his camera, he heads into town to confront citizens and officials with his problem.

Žilnik films his mission in short, self-aware scenes, with a direct and at times ironic tone that doesn’t obscure the acute and worrying topicality of the problem he raises.


  • 17 min
  • black and white
  • 35mm
  • Spoken languages: Serbo-Croatian
  • Subtitles in: English
Želimir Žilnik
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Karpo Aćimović Godina
Kaća Stefanović
Dušan Ninkov

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