FDA Belgrade (Serbia) and EKU Eger (Hungary)


On Friday we watched a variety of short movies from FDA Belgrade (Serbia) and EKU Eger (Hungary). The shorts represented different styles and genres, even among the films from the same school.

The first part of the programme consisted of a screening of three movies from Serbia. “Accidentally”, directed by Aleksa Parezanovic, told a story of two people who by lucky chance find each other and fall in love. The feature film is styled as a documentary/a school film project and it tries to find the answer to a centuries-old question: is our life dependent on a series of coincidences or is everything happening for a reason? While the premise is stimulating, the technical level of the production leaves a lot to be desired. In this regard the two other films from FDA Belgrade were much better.

“Deathroom” by Nemanja Ceranic tells a story of a documentalist who first has trouble to find a network willing to broadcast his controversial story, and then gets abducted by the people who don’t want him to reveal anything he learnt while preparing his film. The story is violence-packed but although the short is almost at the standard of a blockbuster when it comes to action sequences, it doesn’t use brutality to titillate or entertain. “The Voice” directed by Marija Vranic, on the other hand, tells a quiet, subtle story of a young boy who – to put it simply – doesn’t want to go to bed because he can see shadows and hear the titular voice that no one besides him can hear. Although the photography of the film is decent, the story relied too heavily on the realistic part of the story, which seems counter-intuitive to the presumed idea of the whole project. 

The programme continued with the screening of the student films from Hungary. The first thing that stroke us was a disproportionate amount of shorts which were submitted by the Hungarians  (7 altogether), when only 3 movies were submitted by the Serbians. We watched three animations (“Awakening” by Fruzsina Zango, “Green Apple” by Noemi Barkoczi and “Junk Food” by Viktor Geda), three fiction films (“Flora” and “Nude” by Gergely Szabo and “Winter is upon us” ) and one experimental film (“Unbalance” by Gergo Karkecz). The three that really stood out were “Nude”, “Unbalance” and Junk Food”.

The first one was a videoclip of the song by Radiohead, and it quite interestingly played with form and space within the frame. “Unbalance” was an experimental film” which showed the main phases of a relationship between a man and a woman  by placing two people in different positions. The director of the movie plays with the music to such an extent that he almost creates an intricate choreography, which makes his film resemble a videoclip. “Junk food”, on the other hand, is a cross between found-footage, scripted documentary and absurd animation in the style of Monty Python. 

© Magdalena Popłońska