Goran Marković at Grossmann 2012
With enormous joy and pride we announce that we will be visited by director, scriptwriter and playwright Goran Marković who will receive this year's honorary Vicious Old Cat award for lifetime achievement. His films such as Tito and Me, Reflections, Variola Vera, The Meeting Point and National Class have achieved a cult status and became a part of popular culture in the ex-Yu region while also reaching wider European audience. His varied body of work features numerous different genres (including fantasy and horror, of course) which are often intertwined, while his style ranges from stripped down documentary approach to intricate visual wizardry. All of his films carry a strong social commentary, subtly delivered through frequently humorous stories of maladjusted individuals who are just a part of a dysfunctional, disintegrating society, and tackle sensitive issues such as juvenile delinquency (Special Education), social differences in a »classless« society (National Class, Reflections), crisis and collapse of the system (Variola vera, The Meeting Point) and corruption (Taiwan Canasta).
Goran Marković was born in 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia. He graduated in film direction at the famous FAMU in Prague, where he was lectured by Milan Kundera and Oscar winner Elmar Klos. After returning to Belgrade he first worked for television where he made more than 50 documentaries. He made his feature debut in 1977 with drama Special Education that won numerous awards at international festivals and was a success with the audience as well. His next film, comedy National Class (1979) was also enthusiastically received. After satirical comedy All the Jacks (1980) he caused a genuine panic with Variola Vera (1982), an outstanding blend of disaster movie, horror and drama. He made another comedy, Taiwan Canasta in 1985, prior to making the ultimate Yugoslavian horror Reflections (1987) which was also given an important place in foreign horror anthologies. His last film before the disintegration of Yugoslavia was fantastic comedy The Meeting Point which was followed by nostalgic Tito and Me in 1992. In years to follow, Marković turned to theatre and documentaries. His social criticism became even stronger in his post-millennium films such as The Cordon (2001) and The Tour (2009). This autumn will se the premiere of his new film The Forger. For his work he has received numerous awards at national and international festivals. He is a professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and a member of the European Film Academy in Brussels.
Our guest of honour will be solemnly given his award at the closing ceremony of Grossmann 2012. He will also address our audience at a special Master Class while our retrospective section will feature a special selection of his films. More details coming soon!