Yugoslavia

Zoran Calic – Vampiri su Medju Nama AKA Vampires are Among Us (1989)

In the first sequel of “Hi Inspector”, the cops Boki and Pajko get bored in their quite little town until the arrival of foreign visitors. These people reside at the local hotel where international conference on organ transplantation takes place. At the same time, the fresh corpses of deceased people begin to disappear, while the rumors about the vampires at the graveyard start spreading. The cops try to solve the riddle. Read More »

Mladomir ‘Purisa’ Djordjevic – Jutro AKA The Morning (1967)

The war has ended leaving a deep trace in people. Going trough a different conflicts in the first days of peace – dealing with a former enemy’s collaborators and executing traitors – a former soldier continues with killing even in peace. So, the war goes on, a struggle within himself and with the people around him. Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Savamala (1982)

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The events that preceded the WWII and subsequent fall of bourgeoisie in Yugoslavia are shown through the bloody strikes and awakening of civic consciousness in Belgrade’s poor neighborhood of Savamala. Read More »

Karpo Acimovic-Godina – Umetni raj AKA Artificial Paradise (1990)

Los Angeles in 1935. Fritz Lang receives in his hotel apartment the young film amateur Willy, who wants to prepare an interview with him. At a certain moment Lang starts relating how, as an army officer in the First World War, he spent some time in the house of the lawyer Karol Gatnik in a small town in the northeast of Slovenia. Read More »

Karpo Acimovic-Godina – Rdeci boogie ali Kaj ti je deklica AKA Red Boogie (1982)

Post-war Yugoslavia, out of favor with the Soviets because President Tito (1953-1980) was not communist enough and disliked by the Western powers because Tito was not capitalist enough, had to pull itself up by its own make-shift bootstraps. During a period of flagging morale, a group of musicians was sent out from a radio station to entertain the farmers and workers but instead of staying with the traditional songs, the musicians devise one trick or another to swing into jazz and blues and boogie-woogie — trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the militant culture watchdogs, be they policemen, petty bureaucrats, or party officials. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Crni film AKA Black Film (1971)

Director invites six homeless men to his flat for a few days (surprising his wife). He asks officials and people on the street if someone can help them, this being SFRJ, a state officially without those left on their own. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Ustanak u Jasku AKA Uprising in Jazak (1973)

People from the Jazak village in Fruška Gora Mountain show how they fought undercover against the occupation forces during the WWII. They speak about the dramatic events – of how they helped to hide partisans and how young people joined partisan units in Bosnia. We listen to people’s recollections on the arrests, persecution and tortures. In the last quarter of the film, the participants speak about the events that took place in the autumn of 1944, when the village was liberated and when Russians passed through their area. They remember the joy and great expectations because of the oncoming freedom and socialism. Read More »