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Experimental 1h 11m 2006

Single-channel video installation, color, sound

Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection

With Soap in Danube Opera, the Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik addresses his immediate surroundings, inviting a group of young participants from the settlements along the shoreline of the Danube between Belgrade and Novi Sad to learn filmmaking and editing through a series of workshops. Parodying the format of soap operas, the participants tell stories, reveal the unspoken rules of their communities as well as their hopes, fears and desires. They portray their own lives and interactions around the Danube river. The villagers of Kovilj grow cattle on the Danube islands. Marko, an owner of ten horses, around twenty cows, and other cattle is a good friend with Kamer, a Roma who helps him sell the cattle at local fairs. Željko, a young horse breeder leads the villagers when they try to save the cattle in the spring of 2006 from the big flood. Life and work close to the Danube connect the Roma people and the villagers, and sometimes make them leave their village and seek happiness on the other bank of the Danube.

This film is available for the extension of the festival, until Sunday 14 November.

This film is available for audiences worldwide.

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