Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Edition 2021



Concert: Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra

Closing Ceremony
Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval, Jorge Sampaio Auditorium

Saturday, November 20th, 21h
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Dissociated from any show business church or dogma, Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra are a significant phenomenon of the anti-globalist movement and a unique paradox of the environment they have sprung from. They are more famous and more recognized in the international scene than in their country, whose repute they have been successfully boosting.

Their first ten years performing the unza unza dishevelled sound of the rhythm guitar, in the rapid two quarters rhythm of the Serbian kolo (which is in fact a frantic Balkan version of Rumba), is proof of the fact that, now, at a time featuring an ever greater lack of utual understanding, there is dance music with compelling content that one cannot resist because “there are no two feet that can remain calm” when it plays. Their sound brings together, in an unusual way, the rock experience, gypsy music, the Šumadija two quarters rhythm, and broader artistic concepts of the twentieth century. The No Smoking Orchestra’s communication with the world is based on music and performance, running on image and sound without any specific insistence on a single homeland. The sum of pixels and the frequency of that spectacle do not prompt the audience to search for the origins of that music through education and knowledge, but rather to recognize their own hearts, souls and forgotten feelings through the experience of a roaring sound.
An “Explosive Mix of Nitroglycerine-Type Sounds” that makes it impossible for anyone to stay in their seat… no matter where that seat may be: in Paris, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, New York, Kiev, Reykjavik, Sidney, Tel Aviv, Montreal, Sao Paolo, Vienna, Moscow, Ciudad Mexico, Berlin, Madrid or Brussels.
From a text by Petar Popovi.

Tickets: 18€.
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