In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romani (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves. —IMDb
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
One of the most exciting parts of cinephila is getting to revel in new discoveries. The films of Emir Kusturica stand as one of my most exciting cinematic discoveries in a long while. His films are like eating a grand feast, there’s just so much richness and beauty packed into every morsel. On the surface Kusturica resembles Fellini; he has a love for grandiose set pieces, grotesque absurdity, and off the wall humor; but there’s something far more apocalyptic and sinister at work in his movies. In Time of the Gypsies, Kusturica envelops the viewer in the strange world of Europe’s nomadic gypsies. They seem to exist on a plane slightly angled to reality. Their houses and lives are so strange, so crusty with the dirt of the earth, and yet they live in the same “modern” European world. The main character Pehran is a gypsy teenager with telekinetic powers who wants to marry his beloved Azra but is prevented from doing so by her mother because he is the bastard child of a Slovenian soldier. He goes to Milan with the conman Ahmed, where his tragic and dizzying fall into a life of crime begins. Throughout Kusturica wafts through the inner and outer worlds, the world of reality and the world of dreams. His compositions and camerawork are jaw-dropping, few directors have such a rich visual imagination. The soundtrack is dreamy and magical, it invades the mind. I’m at a loss for words, this is an amazing work; go see it.