During the last couple of years, Belgrade cinemas were visited less and less. Most of the once well-known places were shut down, others turned into cafes or other more profitable places. Some new ones opened, but mostly as a part of shopping malls, where you can watch blockbusters in more modern premises with, of course, way higher prices.
On the other hand, independent, low budget or just out of the mainstream films (sometimes called ‘films with subtitles’ among English speakers) became more and more popular in Belgrade, at festivals like “Free Zone” and “Auteur Film Festival“, which always have sold out screenings.
In that kind of cultural climate, “Illegal Cinema” became a kind of an institution which is still going strong seven years later. It’s a place where marginalized and hard-to-find films are shown – documentary, activist, queer, anarchist, forbidden and underground films are screened in a limited space of some 30 seats.
Besides the free entrance, the cool thing is the concept – everybody can suggest or acquire a film for screening, under one condition – you have to start a discussion about the film after its end.
Screenings are happening every Sunday at 18:00 in “Magacin” (“Warehouse”), a small cultural centre where you can also bump into interesting exhibitions. It’s in the very heart of the city, near Zeleni Venac green market. When you get to 4 Kraljevica Marka street, enter the passage and you’re there.
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