‘★★★★’ – THE TIMES Cinema Komunisto” is one of the most riveting, well-researched, elegantly-rendered chronicles of a fallen era to ever be captured on film – and a must-see for film aficionados. ’ SCREEN COMMENT ‘…quite wonderfully tracks the history of former Yugoslavia through its cinema.’ SCREEN INTERNATIONAL [critic’s pick] ‘…a documentary collage of 60 years of Yugoslavian film under Communist rule.‘ WALL STREET JOURNAL ‘…a challenge that could have stumped even the most seasoned filmmaker: create a movie about a country that no longer exists.’ NEW YORK TIMES ‘Yugoslavia no longer exists, but its story still does. Who will tell it? Turajlic begins the conversation with this beautiful film.’ CAPITAL NEW YORK SYNOPSIS
Recommended as a ‘must-see’ by critics of the Wall Street Journal and indieWIRE and proclaimed as the ultimate festival film at Tribeca Film Festival CINEMA KOMUNISTO takes us on a journey through the crumbling remains of Tito’s film industry, exploring the rise and fall of the cinematic illusion called Yugoslavia. Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, never-seen-before archive from film sets and Tito’s private screenings, the documentary recreates the narrative of a country, the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. Stars such as Richard Burton, Sofia Loren and Orson Welles add a touch of glamour to the national effort, appearing in super-productions financed by the state. Tito’s personal projectionist who showed him films every night for 32 years, his favorite film director, the most famous actor of partisan films, and the boss of the central film studios with secret police links – all tell how the myth of Yugoslavia was constructed on the screen. Fiction and reality diverged until it all collapsed, leaving behind rotting sets and film clips from a country that no longer exists.
AWARDS CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Golden Hugo for Best Documentary Film / FIPRESCI Serbia - Best Serbian Documentary in 2011 / FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST USE OF ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE IN AN ARTS PRODUCTION / TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL, Italy – Alpe Adria Cinema Award for Best Documentary / IT’S ALL TRUE, Brasil – Special Jury Mention / VIEWS OF THE WORLD, Cyprus – Audience Award / URUGUAY IFF - Special Jury Mention / UNDERHILLFEST, Montenegro – Audience Award & Special Jury Mention / MAKEDOX, Macedonia – Young Onion Award (Best First Film) / CINEMA CITY, Serbia – Audience Award & Best Editing Award / DOKUFEST, Kosovo – Best Balkan Newcomer / BALKAN FF, Albania – Special Jury Mention / CAPE WINELANDS FF, South Africa – Special Jury Mention
2nd EDITION NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
A dual-layer DVD packed with over 60 minutes of special features and a deluxe 24-page booklet! In Belgrade, the DVD can be purchased at the Muzej Istorije Jugoslavije, House of Flowers Gift Shop, Botićeva 6
Written and directed by MILA TURAJLIĆ Produced by DRAGAN PEŠIKAN Edited by ALEKSANDRA MILOVANOVIĆ Director of photography GORAN KOVAČEVIĆ Original music NEMANJA MOSUROVIĆ Producers DRAGAN PEŠIKAN, IVA PLEMIĆ DIVJAK, MILA TURAJLIĆ, DEJAN PETROVIĆ, GORAN JEŠIĆ Postproduction CINELABS BELGRADE Produced by DRIBBLING PICTURES, 3K PRODUCTIONS, INTERMEDIA NETWORK