essay about authorbibliographyartist's influences
08. September 1942
Ex Yugoslavia

Želimir Žilnik (Niš, 1942) is a film director and was editor in chief of the Tribina mladih/Youth Tribune between 1961 -1962. Žilnik directed numerous short, documentary and feature films, and as well TV documentaries. The entire first phase of his film oeuvre was devoted to contemporary topics including the social, political and economic critique of everyday life. Žilnik's first feature film entitled Rani radovi / Early Works (1969) was based on student demonstrations in 1968. During the sixties and seventies, while filming for Novi Sad's production house Neoplanta, Žilnik worked amidst the first actions of Vojvodina's new artistic practice  (Tribina mladih, The KÔD Group, Bosch + Bosch, etc.). His early films were influenced by this practice and charged with experimentation and freedom of expression. While state censors banned the Rani radovi / Eearly Works, the film won the Golden Bear Grand Prix at the Berlin Film Festival. Žilnik's film Marble Ass was honored at the same festival in 1995.