This is a documentary about a kind of music that describes a whole realm of its own, namely, the manic, mad, dramatic world of the Balkans. The No Smoking band was founded 20 years ago in former Yugoslavia. No sooner had the band formed at the beginning of the 80s than they incited public displeasure on account of their disrespectful comments on Marshall Tito’s demise. Like travelling nomads, they have succeeded in withstanding all manner of political tragedies ever since, without ever once asking anyone for their protection. Emir Kusturica has been a band member since 1986; during concerts, the band’s leader and singer, Dr. Nelle Karajlic, is prone to introducing him as ‘my favourite director, Sergio Leone’. Kusturica’s son, Stribor, joined the band as a drummer in 1994. No Smoking created the music for Kusturica’s film, Black Cat, White Cat (France/Yugoslavia/Germany/1998), since which time the band’s irresistible brand of Balkan punk has found fans all over the world. –Inbaseline
Emir Nemanja Kusturica, (born 24 November 1954 in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician of Bosnian origin, with a string of internationally acclaimed features.
He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes twice (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground ), and he is also a recipient of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. On 8 September 2007, Kusturica became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, alongside Ana Ivanović, Jelena Janković and Aleksandar Đorđević. Kusturica resides in Drvengrad, a village he had built for his film Life Is a Miracle.
Born to Murat Kusturica (journalist employed at SR Bosnia and Herzegovina Secretariat of Information) and Senka Numankadić (court secretary) young Emir grew up as the only child in a family in a secular Bosnian Muslim family the Sarajevo neighbourhood of Gorica.
After graduating from the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts… read more