Kusturica opposes to humanitarian bombings - interview on www.zmag.org on 8 july 2002

Zlatibor, Yugoslavia, May 17, 2002 (Kyodo) - Emir Kusturica, the Sarajevo-born filmmaker, has won two Golden Palm awards at Cannes since starting out as a film director in 1981. During his 20-year career he has produced only seven films, all of which have won prizes. Asked what he thinks of events in Afghanistan, Kusturica said the United States are ”bombarding (the country) in the name of humanity” to achieve ”its own strategic and economic interests.” He was speaking to Kyodo News in an interview held at a hotel in the mountainous district of Zlatibor in Yugoslavia, where the director and his colleagues are working on a new film called ”Gladno Srce” (Hungry Heart). The district is near Bosnia. ”The international community has never intervened properly in the former Yugoslavia”, he says. ”The international community was supposed 10 years ago to bring the whole of former Yugoslavia into the European Union, to give credits, to give money and to help it keep going as a normal country,” said Kusturica, wearing a T-shirt with the face of Ernesto “Che” Guevara printed on it.

The following are excerpts from Kyodo's interview with Kusturica.

His quotes below are edited for the sake of readability.

Biographical note: Emir Kusturica, born in Sarajevo in 1954, began his career as TV-film director in the capital of former Yugoslavia's Bosnia and Herzegovina after having studied film-making technologies at FAMU School in Prague. In 1981, his first film Do you remember Dolly Bell ? won the Golden Lion Award in Venice. His other films include Time of the Gypsies, which earned the Best Director Award at Cannes, When father was away on business, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1985, and Underground, winner of the Palme d'Or in 1995.

Translation : Matthieu Dhennin