Yugoslavia

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 »

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

Quote:
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)

Synopsis:
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 D. Pesic – Slucaj Harms AKA The Harms Case (1987)

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Harms Case, The / Slučaj Harms [FL 555]The film is based on the life and writing of Russian avant-garde poet of the 1920s Danilo Ivanovič Harms who has become a cult figure in Yugoslavia. Harms wrote about strange and absurd cases, only to became a “case” himself when he was persecuted by the Soviet authorities. The film describes a possible, but bizarre scenario of his last days in 1942. After the authorities have questioned him about his fictional literal characters and their whereabouts he is finally released. Read More »