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DDocumentary Competition

Goodbye, How Are You?

Goodbye, How Are You?

Original Title: Dovidjenja, kako ste?
Director: Boris Mitić
Serbia | Serbian
2009 | 60min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: Digital Betacam
15+
"The best government is the one that has yet to come, provided it never comes," according to an old Serbian saying, one of many featured in this entertaining, intellectually engaging essay-film about how citizens use language to critique - and resist - the politics, governments, and utter madness that surrounds them. Filmmaker Boris Mitić gathers the best political aphorisms from Serbian and Yugoslavian life (which features no shortage of war and insanity), with "their killer dose of black humour, satire and merciless sarcasm." As one citizen says, "The longer the war, the closer the peace." Another counters, "We are all in the same mess, but we arrived first." The film's unseen "host," a jaded descendent of Dostoevsky's Underground Man, narrates Mitić's astonishing visuals, drawn from old newsreels and a personal road trip through modern-day Serbia. Continuing the essay-film tradition of Chris Marker, Harun Farocki, and Jean-Luc Godard, Goodbye is a primer on Balkan resistance and history yet universal in its homage to language and subversion. ---Jason Sanders

Director,  Boris Mitić

Director,  Boris Mitić

Belgrade-based filmmaker Boris Mitić spent five years working as a reporter for Agence France Presse based in war-torn former Yugoslavia. It was during this period that he decided to buy a camera and, in his own words, “dedicate the rest of his life to family, football, and creative documentaries.' His first film, Pretty Dyana, was edited on his home computer and has played at more than 80 festivals worldwide. He followed this up with Unmik Titanik, a documentary about 100 people who could not leave their UN-protected building for nearly five years.

Cast and Crew

Music
Pascal Comelade
Story
Nebojsa Glogovac
Producer
Boris Mitić
Screenwriter
Boris Mitić, The Belgrade Aphoristic Circle
Editor
Boris Mitić, Aleksandar Uhrin
Cinematographer
Boris Mitić
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