All the Cities of the North

Dane Komljen / 2016 / 97 minutes / Serbia

In the darkly wooded grounds and concrete boxes of what was once a Yugoslav resort complex, two men share an enigmatic, tender life. A stranger comes to town; things change, but how, what, and why remain ambiguous. In Komljen’s richly suggestive, quietly moving elegy to lost utopias, no words are exchanged, and speech only comes in monologues, taking up questions on the architecture and administration of human sociality.

 


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→ Dane Komljen’s Single Takes column on Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho

  • "Perfectly in step with the pulse of a particular environment, All the Cities of the North is ancestor to both Thoreau’s Walden and Tarkovsky’s Stalker."

    — Glenn Heath Jr., Notebook
  • "A radical innovation."

    — Robert Koehler, Cinema Scope
  • "Richly elegiac."

    — Ela Bittencourt, Frieze
  • "Anything is possible, and somehow, it all softly collides into one solid consummation that drifts deeply under the skin."

    — Samuel T. Adams, Brooklyn Magazine
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