Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra will be releasing a new album in mid-June, Time of the Gypsies: Punk Opera, a few days before the opera itself opens at Opéra Bastille in Paris on 26 June 2007. Based on Gordan Mihić and Emir Kusturica's script for the film of the same name, it was adapted by Nenad Jankovic and is performed in the Gypsy language.
Emir says, “The main theme of the opera will be Ederlezi. It’s a story about youth, entering in the real world, and we used this theme as it’s the most relevant Gipsy song, and we made of it a kind of purification and cathartic journey trough life“. Ederlezi is the Gypsy name for the celebration of St. George Day and is something of a celebration of the coming of Spring.
Emir Kusturica's new film, Promise Me This is in the official selection for the 60th Cannes Film Festival. He was won Palm D'Ors for When Father Was Away for Business(1985) and Underground(1995).
Here is a sample of his work with the No Smoking Orchestra, Unza Unza Time: