“The director they couldn’t quash“. Interview by Graham Fuller, September 1999

Emir Kusturica's noisy, eye-popping Gypsy comedy Black Cat, White Cat is his most life-affirming film yet.

As infectious as a movie gets, Emir Kusturica's gorgeously ramshackle Black Cat, White Cat is not only the comic follow-up to the Sarajevo-born, forty-four-year-old director's magical realist masterpiece Time of the Gypsies (1989) but a super-energized apolitical deposit to those who vilified his 1995 Golden Palm-winner Underground as being pro-Serb propaganda. Filmed on the Danube by Kusturica in 1997 after he reversed his decision to retire following the Underground furor, this latest Fellini-esque paean to his beloved Gypsies is a saga of two rival dynasties, an arranged marriage, and burgeoning young love. It features a train hijacking, a pig munching on an abandoned car, a coke-snorting gangster with a taste for zany Balkan techno, a singer who pulls nails from wood with her ass, a wedding sequence that tops The Deer Hunters, an omnipresent flock of geese, and some of the most fluid and Inventive filmmaking you'll ever see; it opens this month. I caught up with its largerthan-life maker in Italy, where he was touring with his drummer son's agit-rock band No Smoking.

Interview by Graham Fuller, translation by Matthieu Dhennin

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