Acclaimed director Emir Kusturica promoted his six-story book “Sto jada” in Prague on Tuesday, describing the life in Yugoslavia in the decades ahead of its disintegration, and announced a screening of his new feature “On the Milky Road” in the Czech capital by the end of the year.
“In their main bookstore, the publishing company Garamond, which published my book, organised a meet with the fans of my writing. Some 200 or 300 people showed up. We had a little chat and I signed the books,” Kusturica told Srna.
He said this was a follow-up to the story that started two years ago when Garamond published his first book “Smrt je neprovjerena glasina.”
“This is good also because they bought the distribution rights for ‘On the Milky Road,’ the film that was conceived in the book ‘Sto jada’ and will screen it by the end of the year,” said the filmmaker.
All this is an extension of the period when Kusturica studied film directing in Prague, when a broader education was acquired and a connection with culture as a general notion was established, he said.
“Today it is just a reminder of the golden era when a few other Yugoslavs and I arrived in Prague and started the communication,” stressed Kusturica.
In a collection of six authentic, provocative, and funny stories written in special style with black humour dialogues, true events, and unpredictable twists, the symbolically titled “Sto jada” [A Hundred Miseries], first published in 2013, gives a warm, soulful image of the last decades of the previous century. The unusual literary work is made up of exciting, inventive stories unrolling like a good film.
Kusturica’s first book “Smrt je neprovjerena glasina” was published in October 2010. In 17 chapters, in 17 authentic, exciting, unbelievable and provocative stories, the celebrated Serbian director opens up a family album, writes his biography and paints the second half of the 20th and first decade of the 21st century.