Section: EcoEast



Nemanja Vojinović
UK/RS, 2023, 83 Min

The huge Vinča landfill outside Belgrade, presumably a cradle of civilisation in ancient times, is now the workplace of plastic bottle collectors. Nemanja Vojinović's intense documentary, peppered with dystopian images, observes the daily work of the group of men, uncovers their hierarchy and social contradictions, and finds poetry where you least expect it.

Vinča is not just an ordinary landfill on the outskirts of the big city. The place is considered the second most polluted landfill in Europe. Today, Roma live here, collecting the plastic bottles that hide in Belgrade's rubbish. The leader of the group is Yani, a former boxer who experiences his ups and downs in the course of the film. Director Nemanja Vojinović and his team manage to almost completely eliminate the distance between the protagonists and the camera and give the viewers deep insights. They not only let the landfill workers into the bottle collection centre, but also into their private living quarters, where the men relax after a long day of work. BOTTLEMEN uses cinematic means to break down a desolate landscape into vivid, striking images; it is both a subtle ethnographic sketch and an environmental manifesto. The sight of hundreds of seagulls fluttering their white wings over mountains of rubbish will probably stay in our viewers' minds for a long time.

Text: Ksenia Reutova


The film will be shown at the Kammerbühne in the original language with English subtitles and simultaneously translated into German. Headphones are available free of charge against a deposit in the cinema foyer.

The film will be shown in the original language and with English subtitles in the upstairs cinema. No translation into German!

Igor Marović
Boštjan Kačičnik
Dragan von Petrovic
Predrag Adamović
Marija Stojnic, Nemanja Vojinovic
Viva Videnović
Nemanja Vojinović

Nemanja Vojinović - studied film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, where he graduated in 2012. His short documentary film Reality, fuck off won awards at regional and international festivals. He made his feature documentary debut as a director and producer with Las Distancias (2017), in which he followed emigrants from Cuba to the United States. Nemanja is a Member of the Association of Documentary Filmmakers of Serbia, DOKSERBIA.

2011 Reality, fuck off
2013 Where is Nadja?
2017 Las Distancias

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