UZICE, Serbia, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The 13th Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival kicked off at the southwestern Serbian village of Mokra Gora on Monday, with several Chinese films on the repertoire.
The festival, organized by the world-famous film director Emir Kusturica, opened in front of hundreds of film lovers and a selection of filmmakers, including Purisa Djordjevic, Paolo Virzi and a range of other authors.
The filmmakers together with Kusturica painted a large sculpture of a black cat into white color, in order to oppose superstitions related to the number thirteen.
The festival started with the screening of the Brazilian movie "Invisible Life" by Karim Ainouz, which describes the life of two sisters in a conservative family in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s.
Over the next six days, 21 films from around 16 countries and regions, including Serbia, France, Croatia, China, Iran, will be screened within the competition program.
Main Jury includes Italian director Paolo Virzi, French novelist Tonino Benacquista, and Russian chess player Vladislav Tkachiev.
Among the competing films are "Carp Pond" by Yang Guomin and "Regression" by Zuo Aiping.
Within the festival's "New Authors" program is the movie "From Tomorrow on I will", by Serbian and Chinese directors Ivan Markovic and Wu Linfeng, which brings a story about two Chinese roommates that live together in an underground housing.