A multicultural gathering on a fictional Greek isle sets the stage for ‘Bourek,’ the new ensemble comedy from Vladan Nikolic (Zenith, Allure).
Awash with eclectic characters, delicious food, and scenery to spare ‘Bourek’ and the island of Khronos, somewhere between Asia, North Africa, and Europe, find highlight in their beauty, natural, edible, and cinematic. Presented in the language combination of English, Greek, and Serbian, ‘Bourek’ the film, much like the old Ottoman pastry from which it draws its name, layered approach to a satire constantly shifting focus across the spectrum of the world’s bad news.
The film’s premise is simple enough, A US billionaire is convinced that Khronos will be the only safe haven from an impending apocalypse prophesied by a shady, white suite wearing televangelist. Meanwhile. already on the island, a young Greek woman struggles to keep her debt-ridden restaurant from shady German developers out to make a quick profit, all while caring for an amnesiac Brit (!). Also around the island are the slew of colorful characters that allow much of the film’s social awareness: a Libyan refugee who has literally fallen off a boat and washed ashore; a Turkish hash dealer, a womanizing Serbian duo, a Japanese avant-garde artist, and so on.
The tranquility of Khronos and the film’s sun-drenched palettes of rich blues, greens, and whites of the sea and architecture by which it is presented bring a nostalgic feel, where ‘Bourek’ uses its old-fashioned allegory to ease the anxieties of modern times. The island’s juxtaposition of place with the film’s New York set opening could not be more striking: the urban mega-city vs. antiquity; capitalism vs democracy while the simplicity of the island and the food bringing all together remind us of the little things that once bound human kind.
Bourek continues to screen in New York city at Cinema Village with 11pm nightly showings. Find more information HERE