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All The Cities of The North

Dane Komljen
Svi severni gradovi
Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro 2016 / 100’
A Heart of Love Birds Are Singing in Kigali

A concrete island in the provinces of Montenegro. Two men find refuge in a deserted and unfinished hotel. Where they came from, what their names are, and what they have in common remains a mystery. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, they create a self-sufficient, two-person commune. During the day, they wander around in search of food; at night, they share a tent. They need no words to communicate. Their harmonious life is disrupted, however, by the arrival of a third man, an intruder played by the director himself. Dane Komljen's mysterious film-asking more questions than it provides answers-is a departure from everything that audiences have come to associate with Balkan cinema. Going beyond traditional narrative forms, it is a subdued film collage about abandoned places and people who have left the modern world behind. Personal stories, photographic documentation of unsuccessful construction projects, scenes from abandoned spaces, and dreamy visions intertwine on-screen in a reflection on the twilight of various-architectural, private, and political-utopias. One of the most intriguing debuts of recent years.

Mariusz Mikliński

Dane Komljen

Born in Banja Luka (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1986, Dane Komljen is a screenwriter and director. He studied Filmmaking in Belgrade and at the Le Fresnoy art academy in France. His short films have captured awards at numerous festivals, including Cannes and Rotterdam. In 2015, Our Body was nominated for a European Film Award.


2010 Ja vec jesam sve ono sto zelim da imam / I Already Am Everything I Want to Have (short)

2013 Sitna ptica / Tiny Bird (short)

2015 Naše telo / Our Body (short)

2016 Wszystkie miasta Północy / Svi severni gradovi / All the Cities of the North

Cast & Crew

director Dane Komljen
screenplay Dane Komljen
cinematography Ivan Markovic
editing Natasa Damnjanovic, Dane Komljen
cast Boban Kaludjer, Boris Isakovic, Dane Komljen
producer Amra Baksic Camo, Natasa Damnjanovic, Adis Djapo, Vladimir Vidic
sales Everything Works
language Serbian
colouration colour