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 Drvengrad each year. Many visitors visit this place each year, probably due to the unique mixture of tradition, architecture, but also the defiance to the mainstream art and media of its sort, and in doing so offering an alternative view of 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. whereas 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 made of wood on its stone foundations. There is also a small wooden church dedicated to Saint Sava (St. Sava was the first Serbian Archbishop, who managed to gain 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 eponymous movie- etc. In case you leave the main street behind, you will discover a small market, where you will be able to find products typical 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 meant to be a gathering place for aspiring 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”, declared Drvengrad as the best architecture achievement in Europe for the past three years.
  • One of the unique and idiosyncratic events of the Kustendorf Film Festival is a burial ceremony of terrible movies. Therefore, among others, the famous film Die Hard 4 found its way to the graveyard in this place.

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