This second program of award-winning shorts features the politically subversive and visually astonishing films for which Karpo Godina is most famous: his gently ironic assault on the holy dogma of Yugoslav brotherhood and unity, Litany of Happy People, which was censored for its ambigious depiction of northwest Serbia’s polyglot ethnic populations; his absurdist critique of a soldier’s life, On the Art of Love, described by historian Vassily Bourikas as “one of the most farcical anti-military films created by a military unit”; his weirdly extravagant Fried Brains of Pupilija Ferkeverk, a uniquely Yugoslavian spin on Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures; and his infamous exquisite corpse I Miss Sonia Henie, an anarchical conceptual piece that brought together, within a tiny room and within the span of 14 minutes, a motley crew of highly inebriated independent filmmakers (including Miloš Forman, Paul Morrissey, and Frederick Wiseman), shown here with Godina’s own making-of “documentary.” All films in Serbo-Croatian, among other languages; English subtitles.
Program 83 min.
Gratinirani mozak Pupilije Ferkeverk (Fried Brains of Pupilija Ferkeverk). 1970. Yugoslavia. Directed by Karpo Godina. Digital projection. No dialogue. 15 min.
Zdravi ljudi za razonodu (Litany of Happy People). 1971. Yugoslavia. Directed by Karpo Godina. Digital projection. 14 min.
O ljubavnim veštinama ili film sa 14441 kvadratom (On the Art of Love or a Film with 14441 Frames). 1972. Yugoslavia. Directed by Karpo Godina. Digital projection. 10 min.
The Making of Sonja Henie. 1972. Yugoslavia. Directed by Karpo Godina. Digital projection. 30 min.
Nedostaje mi Sonja Heni (I Miss Sonia Henie). 1972. Yugoslavia. Directed by Karpo Godina, Miloš Forman, Buck Henry, Tinto Brass, Paul Morrissey, Frederick Wiseman, Bogdan Tirnanić, Puriša Ðorđević, Dušan Makavejev. Digital projection. 14 min.