Yugoslavia

Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Cengic – Gluvi barut AKA Silent Gunpowder (1990)

Synopsis:
Based on a novel by Branko Copic and set during World War II, the film tells the story of a Serbian village in the mountains of Bosnia and its villagers who found themselves divided along two opposing ideological lines, represented by the Chetniks and the Partisans. These two opposing sides are personified in the Partisan commander Španac (Mustafa Nadarevic) and a former royal army officer Radekic (Branislav Lecic. Španac comes off as a brainwashed fanatic, obsessed with his political agenda and willing to put them to practice at all cost, while the other is a practical realist, a local man whose priority is saving the local people from the turmoils of war, even if this means forsaking his own ideals. Španac sees him as the cause of villagers’ resistance to the new, communist, ideology and so the main plot axis is the conflict between them. Read More »

Matjaz Klopcic – Oxygen (1970)

Synopsis
In this story set in near future, a group of young rebels, hippies and 1968 protesters want to cede and make an independent Island from the Mainland. A journalist who came to the Island to make a report about political summit that takes place there gets involved in the clash between young rebels and establishment. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Tito po drugi put medju srbima AKA Tito Among the Serbs for the Second Time (1993)

Synopsis:
A man dressed in Marshal Tito’s uniform appears and, instantly, groups of people flock around him. In this film, Žilnik brings the former Yugoslav leader back to the streets of Belgrade to see how his people are now living without him. Tito’s double wanders around the city and procures remarkable reactions as people come up to speak to him, feeling the need to articulate their destinies to him. Žilnik collects statements from a cross-section of Yugoslav society, revealing its attitudes toward the past and the current government. Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Ubistvo na svirep i podmukao nacin i iz niskih pobuda aka Murder Commited in a Sly and Cruel Manner and from Low Motives (1969)

Plot:
Eminent Belgrade physician gets murdered. The investigation is revealing dark side of his character – illegal abortions and abuse of his wife. Wife’s lover is becoming the prime suspect. The newspaper reporter, however, starts his own investigation. Besides being crime story, this movie in quasi-documentary fashion presents alternative cultural scene of Belgrade in late sixties. Written by Dragan Antulov Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Signali nad gradom AKA Signals Over the City (1960)

The movie is based on true events that occured in Croatian city of Karlovac in 1941. In order to save the imprisoned high ranking member of the resistance movement, the group of Partizans are conducting daring raid in the very center of the enemy stronghold. Read More »

Branko Gapo – Denovi na iskusenie AKA Days of Temptation (1965)

In 1918, after the Balkan Wars and the First World War, thousands of Macedonians immigrate to Bulgaria. Among them are pro-Bulgarian Macedonians who want to exploit the emigrants for their own political agenda. Infighting in the revolutionary organization VMRO leads to the assassination of a number of Macedonian freedom fighters. The victim of one such assassination in Sofia is Gjorche Petrov, a hero of the Macedonian revolutionary movement. He is killed by a young boy who is not aware he is assassinating one of the last true fighters for Macedonian freedom. The realization that he has become unwittingly involved with the pro-Bulgarian organization and was used to execute this vile act is a death sentence for the young boy. The story revolves around the psychic condition of the young assassin who becomes easy prey to the intrigues woven around him until the final moment – his death. Read More »

Stole Popov – Tetoviranje AKA Tattoo (1991)

Quote:
After a quarrel with his wife, a man leaves their apartment with one suitcase only. Having slept in a train station, the police legitimates him and found him suspicious. Soon he’ll find himself locked in a prison with several other, mostly innocent people. The true horror begins only then. Read More »