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‘★★★★’ – 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
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.
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
NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
A dual-layer DVD packed with over 40 minutes of special features and a deluxe 24-page booklet!
CINEMA KOMUNISTO film
The award-winning film in it’s original festival version with English subtitles – running time 101 minutes
BONUS SCENES ★ 10 selected scenes, specially edited for DVD from the wealth of unreleased material – find out which Yugoslav films Fidel Castro liked, which Hollywood film broke Yugoslav box office records, and take a private tour of Yugoslav film locations with production designer Veljko Despotovic.
PREMIERE SAVA CENTER ★ Short film from the national premiere of Cinema Komunisto, which took place in the largest auditorium in the Balkans, on January 21, 2011, featuring a Q&A with the director, and Bata Zivojinovic and Veljko Despotovic, characters from the film
PHOTO KOMUNISTO ★ Photo gallery containing 12 exclusive images from the research and shoot
CINEMA KOMUNISTO TRAILER ★ edited by Aleksandar Uhrin
DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY ★ Follow the story of how the film was made
MILA’S VIDEO DIARY ★ Short video biography by Mila Turajlic, created for the North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival
INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL J. GOULDING ★ Interview with the pre-eminent Western scholar of Yugoslav cinema, author of the seminal book “Liberated Cinema: The Yugoslav Experience” filmed in November 2011 in Oberlin, Ohio
★ The 24-page booklet contains never-seen-before archive from private collections ★ Archive and photo documents showing a golden era of Avala film ★ An extensive cultural and historic timeline providing background to the Yugoslav film experience
documentary | DVD: region-free dual layer edition | format: 16:9 | color: PAL | sound: 2.0 | duration: 100’ | country: Serbia year: 2010. / DVD 2012 | language: Serbian | subtitles: English
In Belgrade, the DVD can be purchased at the following locations:
Knjizara Beopolis, TC Eurocentar, ulaz Dečanska 5 ili Makedonska 30
Supermarket, Višnjićeva 10
Muzej Istorije Jugoslavije, 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, www.cinemakomunisto.com