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Of the two selections I previewed, I preferred Mamarosh, an unexpectedly gentle comedy that hinges on NATO's bombing of Serbia in 1999. (It screens Saturday at 7 PM.) The title character is a middle-aged schlemiel who lives with his mother in Belgrade and works as a projectionist—until the outbreak of war disrupts his cozy lifestyle. Writer-director Momcilo Mrdakovic presents his life as something out of a fairy tale, surrounding him with whimsical supporting characters and a warm, dusky color scheme reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films. The movie might have drowned in its own cuteness if it weren't for the historical context, which imbues the genial humor with a dark undertone. I sensed the influence of Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies, Underground), the most famous of Serbian filmmakers and likely one of the funniest. Kusturica's work hasn't turned up here since Black Cat, White Cat received a U.S. release almost 15 years ago. If you can't make it to Rosemont this weekend, I recommend seeking out some of his movies on DVD.