"Serbie, année zéro" covers the last fifteen years in the life of a people who, up until recently, still lived in a country known as Yugoslavia. This period, marked by the rise to power, the dictatorship and the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, will be seen through the prism of an artist's gaze. Different themes, such as the despotic power of a political ruler, the physical and moral decline of a whole society and the personal destiny of the artist constantly interweave and crisscross, thereby alternating personal testimony with the analysis of a decaying society.
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Goran MARKOVIC has been anti-Milosevic from the start. For fifteen years, in Belgrade and elsewhere, with starting eloquence or veiled reference, in his films, in his plays, in his life, Goran Markovic has never ceased expressing his disgust at the criminal political humiliation in which Milosevic and his wife brought their country to its knees. He said “no” to the war. He has denounced ethnic cleansing. Powerless yet lucid, he has born witness to what he calls “ the total destruction of all we were”. To day, he recounts that story. He examines his own past, retraces the footsteps of the man he once was, revisits his previous films, and he recounts that story. How was Serbian Fascism born , he asks. Where did this demon come from ? How did it insinuate itself in our minds, in our lives ? and his reply : Milosevic is me ; he is you ; he is all of us. He couldn’t have held on for ten long years, generating death with impunity in the Balkans, without –like all Fascists – the implicit consent of the Serbian people or, one might even say, of most of Europe. Ironic and bitter autobiography, cinematic essay, chronicle of that nightmare decade, juxtaposition of fact and fiction, of real like and dream life, shriek of anger, of unspeakable grief this anguished looking back “ Serbia, Year Zero” is a political gesture as well as the work of a great artist. “ Bernard – Henri Lévy”