Yugoslavia

Branko Gapo – Vreme, vodi AKA Times, Waters (1980)

The life and times of Petar Chushko and his fellow peasants from the village Sushevo (Droughtville) are inextricably linked to the scarcity of their water supply. With the blessing of their priest, the villagers of Sushevo change the course of the local river and steal the waters of the neighboring village Kamenovo (Stoneville). A fight breaks out between the villages, their priests included. The peasants are brought before a judge for disturbance of the peace. The judge is corrupt enough to pronounce a verdict in favor of those who are prepared to pay more, so the water goes to Kamenovo. Meanwhile, there is no water at all in Sushevo and the villagers refuse to pay the water tax in protest. Read More »

Srdjan Karanovic – Drustvena igra AKA Social Game (1972)

Not much info in English for this one:
The director of this movie put an advertisement in many Yugoslav papers calling everybody who wants to act in movie regardless of age, looks, or profession, to reply. From 7000 arrived letters, about 30 heroes were picked up for the movie and its story was made based on what they wished to play. Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Do pobedata i po nea AKA Before and After the Victory AKA Do pobede i dalje (1966)

A newly established communist authorities in Yugoslavia face the moral challenge of how to deal with warriors of defeated side and other enemies of the regime. Read More »

Hajrudin Krvavac – Diverzanti AKA The Demolition Squad (1967)

Yugoslavian resistance fighters send out eight men on a suicide mission to bomb the airport in this World War II action drama. The locals have successfully kept the Nazis at bay on the ground, but the German Luftwaffe looms as a bigger and more dangerous threat. The film was popular at the box office in Yugoslavia and was well received by the audience at the 1967 Pula Film Festival. Read More »

Branko Gapo – Najdolgiot pat AKA The Longest Journey (1976)

Content:
March 1903. The Ottoman Empire is in a process disintegration. Only Macedonia is not still liberated in the Balkans. The Macedonian revolutionary movement is in full growth. The Turks are trying to keep their last bastion in Europe. The Macedonian people are being exposed to the most severe oppressions as it is due to the revenge of the Turks for supporting and protecting the komitadji (komita – a local guerilla freedom-fighter). In such a case the Turks besiege a village where were a weeding ceremony is taking place. They shoot at the peasants, round them up and most of them are being taken away. The groom is among them. More than two hundred people are taken prisoner in the fortress. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Kud plovi ovaj brod aka Wanderlust (2000)

After decades of work in Italy and Germany, Giuseppe is retired and returns to his family home in Istria. He is lonely and his mother advises him to get married. She hands him over his father’s uniform from the Austro-Hungarian army. Giuseppe sets off on a quest to find a wife in the “transitional East” hoping to be warmly welcomed. The road takes him to Budapest, Montenegro, Vojvodina. His plan is not so easily realised… Read More »

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 »