Kenedi Goes Back Home (2003)

Film screening on the occasion of the exhibition
Banu Cennetoğlu – Guilty feet have got no rhythm.

Kenedi Goes Back Home (2003)
Original title: Kenedi se vraca kuci
Želimir Žilnik

Kenedi goes back home (2003) tells about the feeling of being a foreigner in ones country, about emigration and exile. It is a story of Yugoslavs who left the country in war and spent over ten years in Western Europe as refugees or in asylum. In the second half of the year 2002 European Union sent many of these people back to Serbia and Montenegro together with their families, believing that there were no more reasons for their stay. Procedures for their return were usually very strict. Families would be gathered during the night, transported to the airport and sent to Belgrade on the first flight. As they sold everything they owned when they were leaving the country, they are facing a situation where normal life is practically impossible. To make things more dramatic, the majority of children born in some of the Western European countries speak and write the other language better than the mother tongue.

Kenedi goes back home is the first part of a trilogy (followed by Kenedi lost and found (2005) and Kenedi se ženi (Kenedi is getting married) (2007)) in which Želimir Žilnik (born 1942) accompanies a certain Kenedi Hasani over a period of four years. The Serbien filmmaker looks at problematic political and social situation since the mid-60ties. Because of his intentional blending of documentary and fictional elements in his films, Zilnik`s style can be described as a fictionalization of documentary. He won several awards such as Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin Biennale in 1969 for his feature film Rani radovi (Early works). Until today, Zilnik realized over fifty films such as Stara škola kapitalizma (The Old School of Capitalism) (2009), Kenedi lost and found (2005), Kenedi se ženi (Kenedi is Getting Married) (2007), Tvrdjava Evropa (Fortress Europe) (2001), Kud plovi ovaj brod (Wanderlust) (1999)

Written and directed by: Želimir Žilnik
Cinematographer Miodrag Milosevic
Editor Marko Cvejic
Sound Vladimir Stanojevic

Actors: Kenedi Hasani, Denis Ajeti, Dzemsit Buzoli, Sabaheta Alijevic, Mevlan Alijevic

Production & Distribution: Terra Film, Novi Sad

Location: STADTKINO Basel (Klostergasse 5)
Admission: 12.-/For members of the Basler Kunstverein 6.-
Afterwards Bar