ZELIMIR ZILNIK (born in 1942; living and working in Novi Sad, Serbia) has written and directed numerous feature and documentary films which have reaped many awards at domestic and international film festivals. From the very beginning his films have focussed on contemporary issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life, starting with: A Newsreel on Village Youth in Winter (1967), The Unemployed (1968) and June Turmoil (1969), among others. The student demonstrations of 1968 are at the centre of Žilnik’s first feature film Early Works (1969) which was awarded the “Golden Bear” at the Berlin Film Festival. After facing problems with censorship in Yugoslavia while working on his next feature film Freedom or Cartoons (filmed in 1972, never finished), Žilnik spent the mid-seventies in Germany, where he independently produced and made seven documentaries and one feature film, Paradise (1976).
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