Slobodan Sijan

Slobodan Sijan – Davitelj protiv davitelja AKA Strangler vs. Strangler (1985)

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, only became a metropolis when it got its first serial killer. The said killer is a big, fat, shy and mother-fixated man, played to deadpan perfection by one of Serbia’s greatest comedians, Tasko Nacic. He lives with his cruel mother in a gothic apartment resembling those from Mario Bava’s films. He sells flowers and lives by the motto, ‘Those who don’t like carnations don’t deserve to live!’ His victims are the young women who refuse to buy his flowers and humiliate him in public. The film follows the exploits of three main characters: the strangler, the incompetent and highly neurotic inspector on his trail and the nerdy rock singer attracted to the killer’s exploits. The latter’s oedipal desires and sexual angst turn him into a promoter of the strangler’s crimes (through a song devoted to him) and a potential strangler in his own right. –IMDb Read More »

Slobodan Sijan – Ko to tamo peva? aka Who’s singing over there? (1980)

On April 5, 1941, a date Serbs will recognize, men on a country road board Krstic’s bus for Belgrade: two Gypsies who occasionally sing about misery, an aging war vet, a Nazi sympathizer, a dapper singer, a consumptive, and a man with a shotgun. Krstic is a world-weary cynic, out for a buck; the driver is his son, the simple, cheerful Misko. En route they pick up a priest and young newlyweds going to the seaside. Along the way, mis-adventure strikes: a flat tire, a rickety bridge, a farmer who’s plowed the road, a funeral, two feuding families, an army detail, and a lost wallet slow the bus and expose rifts among the travelers. On April 6, amid rumors of war, they reach Belgrade… Read More »

Slobodan Sijan – Maratonci trce pocasni krug AKA The Marathon Family (1982)


Sometimes handling the dead can be almost as difficult as handling the living, according to the Topalovic family and its many members — from great-grandparents on down. They are losing ground in the fight to keep their cemetery business from going under and have had to make a clandestine alliance with n’er-do-well entrepreneurs that will supply them with recycled coffins at a cheap price — an alliance that has kept the family in heavy debt to the grave-digging crooks. Meanwhile, young Mirko Topalovic has fallen in love with the daughter of one of the increasingly wealthy partners in the used coffin business. She works for a movie theater as a pianist (it is the era when silents are on the way out) and the owner of the theater has not yet fired her and switched to talkies because he wants her for himself. He suggests that they make a movie together — an erotic movie he thinks to himself — but seduction is his only goal. When Mirko starts to help out in this movie project, he comes to realize what is actually going on and overpowered by rage, he kills the woman and the theater owner. Puffed up with his aggressive deed, he goes home to convince the Topalovic family that they have to take up arms against the usurious grave-diggers — and a wild and bloody melée ensues that will determine the fate of the family. Jelisaveta Sablic won the “Best Actress” award at the 1982 Pula Film Festival for her role as the sought-after female lead in this film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide Read More »