Drvengrad Ethno village of Emir Kusturica

Drvengrad Ethno village of Emir Kusturica

Drvengrad is a unique ethno village, a project envisioned by the famous film director Emir Kusturica. Due to Emir’s efforts, an international film festival called Kustendorf is organized here in Drvenfrad each year. Many visitors visit this place each year, probably due to the unique combination of tradition, architecture, but also the defiance to the mainstream art and media, so offering an alternative view on the world.

Drvengrad is an ethno village situated on the Mecavnik Mountain located between Zlatibor and Tara Mountains. The main street which was named after the Nobel Prize winner, Ivo Andric, begins just at the entrance to the village. Each street of this village was named after famous people: Ernesto Che Guevara, Diego Maradona, Dostoyevsky, Miodrag Petrovic Ckalja, Novak Djokovic etc. while the restaurants and coffee shops were named after the characters from the famous novel  of Ivo Andric ‘’The Bridge on the Drina”. All buildings in this village are authentic, built out of wood on foundations made of stone. There is also a small wooden church dedicated to Saint Sava (St. Sava was the first Serbian Archbishop, who managed to obtain the independence of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1219). You should definitely also visit the hotel Mecavnik, an art gallery, the cinema Underground (named after Emir’s movie- Underground) etc. In case you get off the main street you will discover a small market, where you will be able to find typical products of this part of Serbia.

This magical place is also home to the international film festival Kustendorf, which is held here each year. This festival was envisioned as a meeting place for young film directors, students, actors and musicians. Among the famous celebrities who have visited this village are: Johnny Depp, Nikita Mikhalkov, Abbas Kiarostami, Monica Bellucci, Gael García Bernal, Andrei Konchalovsky etc.

Ticket price for the ethno village Drvengrad
Regular ticket price is 250 RSD.

Interesting facts

  • In 2005 the expert jury of the Brussels Foundation for Architecture "Philip Rotie”, announced Drvengrad as the best architecture achievement in Europe for the past three years.
  • One of the unique happenings of the Kustendorf film festival is a burial ceremony of the bad movies. Therefore, among others, the famous film Die Hard 4 found its way to the graveyard.