1981-1990DramaTVYugoslaviaZelimir Zilnik

Zelimir Zilnik – Stara Masina AKA Old Timer (1989)

The aged rocker Igor works as a journalist and DJ at the “Radio Student” in Ljubljana. He notices that the janitor Miha works for the police, tapping the walls and observing the journalists who are critical of the regime.

After a clash with his editor, Igor decides to leave for Greece by his old bike DKW from 1938, via Bosnia and Serbia. Rahela, the girl who left Igor’s son because of his snobbery, joins him on the trip. Traveling through Yugoslavia, Igor becomes involved in unexpected turmoil: in the Bosnian town of Velika Kladusa there is the scandal about Fikret Abdic. At the same time, Milosevic’s “antibureaucratic revolution” starts in Serbia and Vojvodina.

There are popular gatherings supporting new Milosevic’s policy of “Serbian union” and “preservation of Yugoslavia.” Igor witnesses a few of these gatherings, seeing them as retrograde theatrical performances with the stage design dating from the time immediately after the Second World War. The stage design has nothing to do with “brotherhood and unity” anymore, but rather with fragmentation of Yugoslavia into national neo-feudal dwarf states. Seeing that this country will not allow an ordinary life for decades, Igor finally sets off to Greece.

Film is the combination of fiction, in terms of a road-movie on the one hand, and documentary shots from Autumn 1988, on the other. It blends the story of rocker Igor, who is chased by a police officer all the way through Serbia and the shots from the rallies dedicated to Milosevic’s antibureaucratic policy.

Mostra Internazionale, RIMINICINEMA, 1989

908MB | 1h 21m | 608×448 | avi


Subtitles:English (hard)


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