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December 2002

Previous leader of The Clash died at 50 on 23 december 2002 in England. He was seen several times on stage with Emir & the No Smoking Orchestra, we see him also singing, moving, jumping, and playing guitar in the film Super 8 Stories. About their music, he said :”In England, everybody plays the same thing, you see : guitar, drums. We don't have guys like them over there. This music is eclectic, it has really a new taste, an unusual taste. It's certainly the music of the future, and the music of the past. It's why I love Emir !

October 2002

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Goran Bregović's new album is called Tales and Songs from the weddings and the funerals, and is a mix of creations, romanian and yugoslav folklore, and recalls the atmospheres of Underground. It gives a very pleasant album, very well produced, dynamic and nice.

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May 2002

Kusturica is shooting his 7th film in Serbia by Jean-Eudes BARBIER
MOKRA GORA (Yugoslavia), 14 may (AFP) - The yugoslav director Emir Kusturica is, since last february, shooting in Serbia his 7th film, his gorgeous poetic career, on imagination, real and crual, started more than 20 years ago.
Faithful to his fire mood, Kusturica started this new adventure with all his obsessions we've already seen in his films, like absurdity of the borders and ideologies, which are sources of divisions between the minds, the people, and generate devasting conflicts.
His future film, “Hungry heart”, is mainly shot in the region of Zlatibor, close to Bosnia.
This morning, the railway which climbs up Mokra Gora (wet mountain) is the shooting set for the strange dialogue between two men and a female donkey, staying in the middle of the tracks.
Impossible to move her. Why ? Love pain ! The make-up woman puts drops of water under the eye of the animal, in order to simulate the tears.

Waiting (for the death) is likely to be long because the track is still being assembled.
“Hungry Heart” tells the story of an engineer, who is building a railway between Serbia and Bosnia. But the war of 1991 –burst of Tito's Yugoslavia– interrumpts the work.
The responsible stays there to ensure the protection of the work, but his son has to do the army, and he's made prisonner. He will be exchanged against a muslim woman on which the father has fallen in love…
Kusturica, long hair, athlet body, always had, at 48, the gaze of passion. Smoking a big cigare, he gives orders, jokes, runs under a tent with the controle screen, talks with the tecnicians, gives advices to the actors.
One of them, Slavo Štimac, is a familiar of the Sarajevo-born director, forhaving played major roles in two of his preceding films, “Do you remember Dolly Bell?” (1981) and the famous “Underground” (1995), respectively primed at the Mostra of Venice and the festival of Cannes (palme d'or).
But Kusturica also loves having non professional actors. For “Hungry heart”, several members of his crew went to find Obrad Djurovic on a desolated place of Republika Srbska (RS), the Serbian entity of Bosnia, where he found refuge after having taught mathematics for forty years in Sarajevo.
Astrakan hat on the head, boots and long coat, Djurovic only wants to get back home, but he has nice words for Kusturica. “I love his way of making the animals speaking, the way men do in life. This film will be a fable. It will be a big success”, he says.
Animals always have a big place in Kusturica's films. In a short film of 1996, he told the story of a Serb who could access his house only by getting through the gardens of his neighbours. Since he had argued with them, he was dreaming of being a bird…
The last scenes of “Hungry heart” should take place in october and the film should be released in 2003. Made partly with foreign money, the film will have a music composed by the “No Smoking Orchestra” whom bass player is no other than Kusturica.

April 2002

March 2002

The look he has on the children and the young people (not only in his films) ; the way the world is seen through his eyes, and mstly the exploited children, or the children from minorities, pleased us.” (Jean-Michel Delmotte, Representing UNICEF in Yugolsavia)

February 2002