Saturday, December 17, 2011

Blue or Red Pill? Marx Reloaded in Belgrade

The Serbian-language premiere of Marx Reloaded took place yesterday evening in Belgrade at the world-famous Center for Cultural Decontamination (CZKD). It was also the occasion for the first of a series of debates entitled “Blue or Red Pill?” in which prominent intellectuals, filmmakers and social commentators discuss the film’s themes and their social implications. Details of forthcoming debates in other European cities will be published soon.

Joining Jason Barker for last night’s debate was the acclaimed Serbian director Želimir Žilnik (pictured at the event, below), whose illustrious career spans more than 40 years and includes numerous prizes such as the Berlin Golden Bear, awarded in 1969 for his film Rani Radovi.

Predictably the screening itself was packed to the rafters. And the debate, moderated by Marxist sociologist Milan Rakita, generated some impassioned interventions, especially from Želimir Žilnik, who unfortunately had to leave before the end to catch his train. “That was one advantage under socialism,” he remarked as he put on his coat. “There were more trains.”

As usual our thanks to everyone involved and especially to CZKD for hosting the event.

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