No Smoking in Sarajevo | 21 May | Rialto
Screening Time:
Sunday, 21 May 2017 | 19:00
Ceintuurbaan 338
1072 GN Amsterdam
Tickets available
Gianluca Loffredo’s remarkable homage to one of the most famous bands in former Yugoslavia, had its Dutch premiere at Eastern Neighbours Film Festival. As one of the best films from our last edition, No Smoking in Sarajevo will be screened again at ENFF On Tour in Amsterdam. The film will be introduced by Mladen Sancanin, a former journalist of Radio Sarajevo, and followed by cocktails and acoustic performance by Miso Petrovic from Mostar Sevdah Reunion after the screening.


The history of the famous Yugoslavian rock band Zabranjeno Pusenje, through stories of its three first members, Sejo Sexon, Nele Karajlic and Zenit Djozic. Their story is emblematic of what happened in Yugoslavia in the last 30 years. The film revisits the time of New Primitivism, famous TV show Top Lista Nadrealista and old concerts of Zabranjeno pusenje.

The documentary provides great archive material, old important stories that help us understand the spirit of the time when the movement New Primitivism was founded. It was a subcultural movement established in Sarajevo in 1983 that, as a form of expression, used primarily music, comic sketches and witty dialogues in their shows on radio and television. They were openly critical, sharp and always entertaining. Their topics evolved around small, common Bosnian men and they could precisely spot weak points of the Yugoslav society with humour and a sting.


Original title: No Smoking in Sarajevo
Country: Italy, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year: 2016
Length: 75 min
Director: Gianluca Loffredo
Screenplay: Andrea Postiglione, Gianluca Loffredo
Editing: Gianluca Loffredo
Director of Photography: Tristan Guerlotté
Sound Designer: Marko Grgic
Producer: Gildas Nivet
Production company: Grenouilles Productions, Colibri Film, Chacapa Studio
Spoken language: Bosnian, Italian
Subtitles: English


Sarajevo Film Festival, 2016 – Official selection
DokuMfest, Zenica 2016 – Special Jury Mention
Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film, 2017 – Best Feature Film Audience Award
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, New York City 2017 – Best Documentary