1995 / Colour / 170’ / 35mm
In Serbian with English and French subtitles
Director: Emir Kusturica
Screenplay: Dusan Kovacevic, Emir Kusturica
Cinematographer: Vilko Filac
Music: Goran Bregovic
Cast: Predrag Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic
Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1995
A big “East-West European” co-production epic after the fall of the Eastern Bloc, with much special effects with an aim to compete with the Hollywood productions in the European market, regarded as a showpiece for “New European Cinema”. During the Second World War, a group of Yugoslavians escaped the Nazis by living a sunless underground life. But they have been kept in the dark about the end of the war, and continue to live their lives “underground”. The film examines 50 years of life of Yugoslavia from Nazi occupation through the rule of Tito, to the fall of the Soviet Union and the eventual division of the country; telling the story about the suffering and frustration of a people by means of a comedy.
Emir Kusturica was born at Serbia and studied film at Prague in the 1970s. Upon his return to Yugoslavia, he made When Father Was Away on Business (1985), Time of the Gypsies(1988), and Arizona Dreams (1993) in the United States. His magical fairy tale style made him a new star in European cinema.
||Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
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