Kustendorf is a wooden town built by the film director Emir Kusturica for the purpose of making the film Life Is a Miracle. It is located near Mount Tara in Serbia, and upon completion of shooting the film, Kusturica came up with the idea that this wooden town should continue to live. It is open for tourist visits, as well as hosting the Kustendorf Film Festival and Music Festival featuring prominent jazz musicians. In addition to the festivals in Kustendorf, workshops are organised for those who want to learn something about film, how to make a film, workshops for painting, dealing with ceramics. Every year this place is visited by a large number of tourists from abroad, not only during the festival.
The whole "city" was conceived and built by buying the old traditional Serbian style houses from the locals, renovating them, moving them and setting them up according to the "city" plan. Kustendorf itself is interesting because every significant object in it bears the name of a famous person from the world of culture. So the main movie screening room was called Stanley Kubrick, then there is a library with the name of Nobel laureate Ivo Andric. In Kustendorf there are all facilities necessary for one tourist place, hotels, sauna, restaurants, cafes, pastry shops, sports fields. One of the interesting things about this "city" is that there are also "streets" with names such as Bruce Lee Street, Maradona Street, Federico Fellini Street, Ingmar Bergman Street, Novak Djokovic Street, Nikola Tesla Street, Joe Strummer Street, Ernesto Che Guevara Street, etc.
The film festival, which takes place every year in Kustendorf since 2008, was conceived as an author film festival, and some of the famous actors who were guests were certainly Johnny Deep and Monica Bellucci. There are also many accompanying activities such as the mentioned beginner workshops, seminars, exhibitions, lectures and of course parties. A special amenity of this "city" is its natural environment, which provides an exceptional sense of connection with nature. Thus, daily trips to the nearby ski centre, which are well worth a visit during the summer, are also possible during the festival. Nature is such that you will want to come again.
Emir Kusturica stated:
“I lost my city (Sarajevo) during the war. That is why I wished to build my own village. It bears a German name : Küstendorf. I will organise seminars there, for people who want to learn how to make cinema, concerts, ceramics, painting. It is the place where I will live and where some people will be able to come from time to time. There will be of course some other inhabitants who will work. I dream of an open place with cultural diversity which sets up against globalisation."