All the Cities of the North
Two men live in a blue tent in an empty white room in an abandoned holiday complex. Boban and Boris pick berries and light fires. Occasionally, some donkeys wander through the overgrown grounds. A little idyll amidst severe modern structures. The arrival of a third man (played by the director) disturbs their harmony. The outside world intrudes, with stories of other times and places, of cities to the north and in the south; we hear stories about how Yugoslavian contractors built a city in Nigeria, or about the remnants of Brasilia. The men’s story is interspersed with images of landscapes and spaces.
It is impossible to place this first feature by Dane Komjlen in an existing film category. It is a fictional architectural diary employing alienation effects, a study of fragile, unspecified relationships and a salute to Godard: all of these apply. A cinematic quest for the answer to the question: How can we live alongside one another?