The article presents various arguments in favour of the thesis that the youth film The Summer I Learned to Fly (Leto kada sam naučila da letim, Radivoje Andrić, 2022) is a regenerative event in post-Yugoslav cinema. This is so broad because it deals with the Yugoslav historical trauma in the context of a light youth comedy. The genre frame of a youth film relieves the trauma of its tragic connotations and addresses the acts of reconciliation and the restoration of social ties, which is characteristic of the comedy genre. The film’s powerful regenerative impact is tied to its comedic film form, its use of language and its geographical setting, since the Adriatic coast functions as an intercultural intersection that revives Yugo-cosmopolitanism.
The integral version of this article can be found in the printed KINO!