Image by Sasja Milenkovic
During our holiday we visited Drvengrad. A village created by my favorite filmaker he filled this village with "artifacts" he used in his movies. This Volga is one of them.
Emir Nemanja Kusturica , born 24 November 1954 in Sarajevo, is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician, recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films. He is a two-time winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground), as well as being a Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Since the mid-2000s, Kusturica’s primary residence is Drvengrad, a village in the Mokra Gora region of Serbia. He had portions of the historic village (drvengrad) reconstructed for his film Life Is a Miracle.
DRVENGRAD ( woodentown) – A handful of wooden houses on Mokra gora, in central western Serbia on the border with Bosnia, a tranquil and idyllic setting removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, the tiny location which hosted already the fourth edition of the Kustendorf Film and Music Festival, the event conceived and carried out by Emir Kusturica, the original and for some aspects eccentric Serb director who built the village to reflect his own image and appearance.
About the initiative in the past Kusturica explained that "I lost my birthplace Sarajevo during the war, and that is why I truly desired to build my very own village. I will set up workshops for people who want to learn how to make movies, organise concerts, make ceramic artefacts and paint. It will be the place where I will live and where people and friends will come to visit me from time to time. I dream about a place out in the open characterised by cultural diversity capable of countering globalisation…".
Located in the region of Zlatibor, approximately 200 kilometres southwest of Belgrade, Drvengrad is not far from Mokra Gora and Visegrad, the city of the Bridge over the Drina by Ivo Andric, the Yugoslavian writer who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Kusturica’s village is also known by the name of Kustendorf, a name invented by the director made up by his nickname Kusta and the German word Dorf, village.
In 2005 the Serb director gained for Drvengrad the Philippe Rottier European Architecture Award.
The main street of the village, which has on display an old Fiat 850, an East German Trabant and a Russian Volga, all made in the ’70s, is named after Federico Fellini, and the other streets are named after movie, entertainment, art and sports celebrities such as Nikita Mikhalkov, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Andrei Tarkovski, Diego Armando Maradona, Ingmar Bergman and Novak Djokovic