Drvengrad (Wooden Town)
Drvengrad, meaning Wooden Town, is an artistic ethno village built by famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica during the filming of his movie “Life is a Miracle”. Drvengrad is located in Mokra Gora, near Zlatibor Mountain and the city of Uzice, some 200 km southwest of Belgrade. It hosted many world-famous celebrities like Johny Depp, Diego Maradona, Salma Hayek, Jim Jarmusch and many others.
Near the village there is a railway station Jatare of the old narrow-gauge railway called “Sargan Eight” (by the way, we really recommend you to visit it and take a ride), a ski domain containing four ski trails and a hotel called “Mladost” (meaning “Youth”).
Being a very unique village, Drvengrad has a picture gallery called “Macola”, a library named after a famous Serbian writer and Nobel prize winner Ivo Andric, “Stanley Kubrick” cinema, a restaurant, a sweets shop where home-made cakes and natural juices are served, a national restaurant, a souvenir shop and small wooden church built in Russian style and dedicated to St. Sava (the founder of Serbian Orthodox Church). The streets in the village bear the names of various individuals that Kusturica holds in high esteem or finds to be personally significant: Nikola Tesla, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Diego Maradona, Miodrag Petrović Čkalja, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Joe Strummer, Novak Djoković and of course, Ivo Andrić, after whom the main street is named.
Since 2008, the village hosts the annual Küstendorf Film and Music Festival, which showcases films and music from all around the world. The festival is known for not having a red carpet as well as none of the popular Hollywood festival artifacts.
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