Vladan Petkovic

Vladan Petkovic
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Vladan Petkovic (Belgrade, 1978) is a journalist, film critic, festival programmer and translator. He is the correspondent for the territories of former Yugoslavia at Screen International and senior writer at Cineuropa. He is a programmer for ZagrebDox and Rab Film Festival (Croatia), Skopje Film Festival (Macedonia), and FeKK in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and contributes as guest programmer and advisor for numerous international film festivals around Europe. Petkovic is the head of studies of GoCritic!, a recently established training programme for aspiring film journalists and critics, in collaboration with Cineuropa.
Publications: Cineuropa

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Four Seasons in a Day (2021) The documentary explores the thoughts and emotions of people living around the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in a perplexingly bland, vanilla way. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
7/10 No Score Yet Bebia, à Mon Seul Désir (2020) Despite problems with character development and some muddled symbolism, this gorgeous black-and-white picture makes for a unique viewing experience. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet Stop-Zemlia (2021) Stop-Zemlia creates a convincing world of high-school troubles, pains and joys, but also darkly sensitive moments that the viewer easily gets immersed in. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
100% Moon, 66 Questions (2021) Greek writer-director Jacqueline Lentzou makes a unique film on a tough subject through a playful approach. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
73% Natural Light (2021) A hardcore auteur film, intense, slow and deliberately paced. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
100% What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021) An idiosyncratic mix of styles, genres and forms that incredibly wraps into a coherent 150 minutes of cinematic joy. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
92% Ballad of a White Cow (2021) A perfectly told story about deep emotional issues and ethical dilemmas. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet Celts (2021) A fully fledged world in which nostalgia is largely replaced with bitterness, a whirlwind of conflicts, romances, resentments and envy, but also of genuine human connection, even generosity. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet For Lucio (2021) Italian filmmaker Pietro Marcello returns to the documentary form with this tribute to popular Bolognese singer Lucio Dalla - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
63% Sound of Violence (2021) In his first feature as a director, Finnish filmmaker Alex Noyer just about pulls off a cross between a character study and a gory, supernatural horror movie - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
38% Fucking with Nobody (2020) Fucking with Nobody actually fucks with everybody, including itself, and if this extreme irony protects it from being taken too seriously, it also prevents it from being taken seriously enough. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet 1970 (2021) Tomasz Wolski's latest documentary combines archive footage, phone conversations and stop-motion puppets to tell the story of one of the bloodiest protests in Polish history - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet Looking for Venera (Në kërkim të Venerës) (2021) Norika Sefa's feature debut uses a simple but effective plot to depict how teenage girls are currently growing up in Kosovar society - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
10/10 No Score Yet The Last Shelter (2021) Ousmane Samassekou's CPH:DOX winner is a haunting and intense documentary about a refuge for migrants on their way to Europe or back from it. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet Life of Ivanna (2021) Set in the brutally inhospitable north of Siberia, among the Nenets people, it tells its story in an uncompromising way, resulting in a difficult and often troubling viewing experience. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
50% Mau (2021) Mau is an accomplished, very audience-friendly biopic that is sure to get a lot of festival and streaming play - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet My Unknown Soldier (2018) A complex film that invites repeat viewings. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
No Score Yet Until Porn Do Us Part (Até Que o Porno Nos Separe) (2018) A touching and often poignant observational film. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
No Score Yet My Grandpa is an Alien (Moj Dida Je Pao s Marsa) (2019) It is an accomplished children's movie that parents will enjoy, too, with some of the jokes in the script working well beyond the primary target audience. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
No Score Yet Everything Must Fall (2018) Like many popular movements, Fees Must Fall has displayed many shortcomings, but this movie proves that it was undeniably a crucial instrument of tumultuous social change. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
No Score Yet Solo (2019) In addition to the emotional richness that the protagonist and the director's approach bring to the movie, its setting provides an impressive background to the film. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
78% Picture of His Life (2020) The quest itself is very exciting and suspenseful, and is best left for the audience to experience without any prior knowledge. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
No Score Yet Mussolini's Sister (2018) Technically, it is quite creative within the limits that it imposes on itself. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
100% Leftover Women (2019) It gets pretty hard to penetrate beyond the superficialities of the relationships presented on screen. However, Joelle Alexis' editing achieves a certain balance despite the unevenness of the different sequences. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
80% Run (2019) Maybe a more ambitious plot would have given the heroes more opportunities to show their human qualities and flaws, and the audience more to engage with. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
100% Forman vs. Forman (2019) Třetíková and Hejna's biographical-political approach might seem overly convenient, but it is certainly close enough to home and perfectly adequate for a 78-minute biopic. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
67% Roads (2019) By playing it by the book and ticking the right topical boxes in a conventionally structured story, Schipper misses the mark completely. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
No Score Yet Acid (Kislota) (2019) Thanks to strong, confident performances by Avdeev and Kuznetsov, the main characters and their motivations feel convincing, even when they are not fully grounded in the script. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
98% Maiden (2019) An immensely engaging, documentary. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
90% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) A convincing, touching and, at certain points, infuriating depiction of what it means to be a gay man in a society dominated by a very traditional version of the Christian religion. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
75% The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) The film has many plus points and features several impressive segments but, in the end, does not fully manage to wrap up its ambitious story. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet Chained (2019) It starts to transform from a cop story into an overstretched family drama. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
80% God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2019) Petrunya's struggle is emblematic of the most acute social issue of our times, which has yet to gain momentum in the Balkans, and Mitevska's film is both a significant contribution to the cause and a powerful cinematic work in its own right. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
100% Stitches (Savovi) (2019) A psychological drama de luxe. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet Ringside (2019) Ringside is a very engaging film, in the best American tradition of documentary storytelling. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
89% Earth (Erde) (2019) [Documentarian Nikolaus] Geyrhalter adorns this extremely complex theme with his trademark rigorous narrative structure, and it works wonders. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet Oray (2018) Employing an excellent mix of young talent and non-professionals, and approaching the characters and their relationships in a naturalistic manner, [Mehmet] Büyükatalay weaves the story with a precision rarely seen in first-time filmmakers. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
40% Sunburn (Golpe de sol) (2018) For all the attention lavished on the visual attributes of the protagonists, their characters are underdeveloped and primarily defined by their mutual relationships. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
100% Honeyland (2019) This visually appealing piece of cinéma vérité represents an extraordinary journey. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
100% Los Reyes (2019) An unorthodox observational documentary that requires the viewer to settle into its laid-back rhythm. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet The Border Fence (Die bauliche Maßnahme) (2018) The Border Fence gives us hope by showing that, at least in some places in Europe, normal, decent people do not blindly fall victim to populist propaganda and stand up for values that the EU was built on in the first place. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet Until We Fall (Til vi falder) (2018) Besides Sahlstrøm's undeniable directing talent, the full dedication and creativity of leads Salim and Carlehed is what makes this difficult approach really work effectively. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet The Wild Fields (Dyke pole) (2018) The Wild Fields is clearly a case of an overambitious first feature, but it certainly deserves a watch, and the filmmaker deserves respect for his guts and persistence in executing his vision. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet A Shelter Among the Clouds (Streha mes reve) (2018) While it certainly has a cinematic quality, this solemnity is turned inside out by the overly literal approach to its topics - to the extent that it is hard to actually take it seriously. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet Sakawa (2019) Tackles the hidden industry of internet scamming, efficiently giving the audience a chance to formulate its own questions about the economic, religious, environmental, historical and ethical aspects of the subject matter. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet My Last Year as a Loser (2018) A film that manages to be both interesting and consistent in the depiction of its stubborn hero, but is rarely engaging for the viewer owing to the constant repetition of its central topic. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
No Score Yet Easy Lessons (2018) An insightful film that combines both poetic and strictly narrative moments, and takes a thoughtful approach to the protagonist, without passing any judgement on the state of human rights in Hungary. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
No Score Yet Nine Month War (Kilenc hónap háború) (2019) An accomplished and intriguing look at how youngsters imagine what it means to be a man. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
No Score Yet Delta (2017) The footage is gorgeous, even when it shows objectively ugly images. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
No Score Yet Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (2018) Boasts impressively fluid animation and a voice cast including Ciaran Hinds, Brendan Gleeson and Michael McElhatton. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020