Arts Desk

Don’t Be Bored: Village Without Women

Village Without WomenIt’s unlikely that the four remaining residents of Zabrdje, a once-vibrant rural town in Serbia, prattle on about naggy women, or drop any kind of “can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em!” cliché. But that’s because they’re stuck, well, living without them—two and a half miles from the nearest roadway, and without modern utilities, they can’t woo any ladies. So, what’s a group of horny bachelors to do? Seduce a bunch of Albanian gals, of course! Filmmaker Srdjan Sarenac follows the men’s plight in his subtitled documentary, Village Without Women, which offers chuckles—but also paints a surprisingly vivid portrait of Serbian life after the Kosovo War. The residents’ desperate effort to keep their village alive, after all, means swallowing ethnic rivalries that once erupted into conflict. And, you know, they’ve got to strut to attract the chicas. (“You need 1,500 to 2,000 euros to bring an Albanian woman,” one guy says.) Will they find wives after all? Soothe the raw wounds of war? And would their heads explode if somebody told them about OKCupid? The film shows at 5:15 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre as part of the Best of Input festival. Free tickets at the box office. (Christopher Heller)


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