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60th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival Print E-mail
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Written by Greg de Cuir, Jr. (Belgrade)   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:00

The main festival venue at the Belgrade Youth CenterApril 2013 marked the 60th year of the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, which places it among the oldest film festivals of any type in Europe. In light of this unique position within the international film festival landscape, it seems that an investigation into the history of the Belgrade Festival, or "Kratki metar," and its connection with the unpredictable political winds in the former Socialist Yugoslavia (now post-socialist Serbia) would be a welcome addition to the annals of general film culture.

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GoEast: The 12th Festival of Central and East European Film in Wiesbaden Print E-mail
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Written by John Riley, Jeremy Hicks, and Natascha Drubek   
Monday, 10 September 2012 07:03

SON BOLELSHCHIKA / THE DREAM OF A FAN // Director: Gerbert Rappaport, USSR 1953, Courtesy Picture: GoEast

GoEast: The 12th Festival of Central and East European Film in Wiesbaden, held in April 2012, devoted its symposium section to a thorough and scintillating reevaluation of Lenfilm, entitled: RealAvantGarde - With Lenfilm Through the Short 20th Century.

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Vision and Communism: The Films of Aleksandr Medvedkin and Chris Marker at "The Film Studies Center, Chicago" (Review Article) Print E-mail
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Written by Zdenko Mandušić (Chicago)   
Monday, 16 April 2012 15:37

In connection with the exhibition Vision and Communism at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, the films of Aleksandr Medvedkin and Chris Marker were shown at the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago. Both the exhibition and the films are a part of the Soviet Arts Experience, an extensive series of 100 programs and events devoted to Soviet art and culture in twenty-six venues across Chicago. The massive nature of this experience demands attention to how Soviet art is perceived today. Although it is beyond the range of this discussion to offer a wholesale overview of Soviet or Communist art, this essay will focus on the relevance of Medvedkin and Marker as representatives of active, political filmmaking. 

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ARTMargins Print has released its new issue, 3.2. (June 2014)!

ArticlesJoan Kee (Ann Arbor) considers the problem of scale in contemporary art practice. Carla Macchiavello (Bogotá) discusses the problem of influence in Latin American art during the 1970s and 1980s. Ruben and Maja Fowkes (Budapest) examine East European artists' approaches to the natural environment during the 1970s and beyond.

In the Document section, we present two pre-revolution Iranian manifestos of modern art (introduction/translation: Bavand Behpoor).

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Review Article: Monica Amor (Baltimore) discusses the exhibition Cold America: Geometric Abstraction in Latin America (1934-1973) and Alejandro Crispiani's book Objetos para transformar el mundo: Trayectorias del arte concreto-invención, Argentina y Chile, 1940-1970 [Objects to Transform the World: Trajectories of Concrete-Invention Art, Argentina and Chile, 1940-1970]. 

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