“Master of mood”, film maker Saidin Salkic to show his “disarming and mesmerizing” film The Last Days of Loneliness at South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles in April and May 2022. This will be the first presentation of Salkic’s work in USA
LOS ANGELES, CA, April 23, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Saidin Salkic, also known as Mido, survived the Srebrenica genocide in 1995 as a 13 year old and inspired by his experiences he became one of the most unique and prolific artists and filmmakers of his generation.
“Salkic is one of the most singular and uncompromising filmmakers currently working in Australia” (Senses of Cinema on Saidin Salkic, July 2021)
This view has also been shared by legendary Australian early film pioneer John Flaus who compared Saidin Salkic’s place in cinema history to Gertrude Stein’s place in the history of literature, as a “great explorer”. It is 88-year-old Flaus, now living with Alzheimer’s disease who features as Salkic’s on-screen collaborator in his new and acclaimed film ‘The Last Days of Loneliness’.
Dealing with themes of loneliness, death, and human connection, the film perhaps takes on an additional resonance in the wake of the recent experiences of human forced disconnection from those they love. Salkic, because of his background, perhaps understands the weight of this feeling better than others and The Last Days of Loneliness lets us experience the depths of these emotions “in a highly visual and poetic way”.
The film has been chosen to screen at the highly regarded South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles in April and May 2022. This will be the first presentation of Salkic’s work in America.
As the survivor of the greatest genocide in the history of Europe since WW2, the Srebrenica genocide, Salkic’s experiences present themselves as highly insightful and relevant to the current situation in Europe and his work effects his audiences in a deeply phycological, intense and unique way.
Many of Salkic’s works such as ‘Silence’s Crescendo’ and ‘Swan Lake and the Atomic Bomb’ are horrifying nightmares that draw into focus the madness of conflict and war and its consequences. The Last Days of Loneliness, however, is a more gentle film with love at its core, but no less weighty with respect to human emotions.
This is a unique film experience by a filmmaker unlike any other, and this first presentation of his work in the USA is not to be missed, especially by the true cinephiles, interested in the medium of cinema and its contemporary evolution away from the mainstream.
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