On Thursday, October 2, the Lewis Center will present a screening of the film Brasslands, the “Best of Fest” Winner at the 2013 Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival. Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures Margaret Beissinger will facilitate a post-screening conversation with filmmakers Adam Pogoff and Bryan Chang, as well as Zlatne Uste musician Matt Smith. The screening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Both the screening and the talkback are free and open to the public.
A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.