balkan black box

The Shutka Book of Records – Knjiga rekorda Šutka

Regie: Aleksandar Maniæ; 78 Min., SCG/CZ/FIN 2005 (OmE)
Wettbewerb: Golden Black Box Competition

ACUDkino, Fr, 17.11.2006 um 22:00 Uhr
babylon berlin:mitte, Sa, 18.11.2006 um 18:00 Uhr
Brotfabrik Kino, Di, 21.11.2006 um 22:00 Uhr

Das skurrile Portrait des Ortes Shutka, der inoffiziellen Hauptstadt der Roma in Makedonien, einzigartig fotografiert und voller „üppiger visueller Phantasie, poetischem Realismus und surrealen Einfällen“ ( Jeder ihrer Bewohner beansprucht in irgendeiner Disziplin einen Meistertitel…

Shutka is the largest Roma community in the Balkans, maybe in the whole world.

To do it justice, or possibly to counterbalance what Shutka lacks, its inhabitants constantly compete for the champion title in every discipline imaginable. Who is the best at protecting the community from evil spirits, who the greatest singer of all?

Meet the lamb champion for the last 35 years, the champion in boxing, fashion, sex and wait to see who will win the Turkish music cassette competition. It is not important to participate, just important to win. Dr Koljo ( one of Kusturica's Black Cat, White Cat characters) accompanies us as the narrator and introduces various characters who perform their own stories.

Director Manic weaves images reminiscent of silent films into colour images and enchants with magic tricks as he follows an invisible thread through this refreshing documentary. The result is a cheerful and personal portrayal of the microcosm that is Shutka.