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This metaphorical road movie follows a pair of talent show winners across the remains of Yugoslavia toward a promised gig on Italy’s Adriatic coast; their journey reveals a post-Cold War Eastern Europe that director Armando Nanni says has gone from thawing to “liquefying.” Although Bulgarian Nicolaj (who resembles Elvis) and Romanian Ileana (Marilyn) are a hit in Bucharest, they’re anxious to make a name for themselves in the West, the source of all their images of stardom and glamour. Communicating in the limited Italian they’ve learned from watching satellite TV, Nicolaj and Ileana make their way through the minefields—literal and psychic—of the former Yugoslavia. The trip is profoundly disturbing, and the destination proves something less than Hollywood or Graceland. Particularly in the Yugoslavia sequences, the film’s style is expressionistic, and its nightmarish images are complemented by an ominously intricate soundtrack: It’s the babble of a newly “unified” Europe, in which people struggle to keep pace with the rapidly shifting political structure. At the American Film Institute Theater, Kennedy Center. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)