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Cinema Komunisto

Cinema Komunisto

"An elegantly constructed memory machine." - The Village Voice

Cinema Komunisto

About the Film

CINEMA KOMUNISTO tells the story of a country that no longer exists, except for in the movies.

Taking us on a journey through the crumbling remnants of the former Yugoslavia and President Josip Broz Tito’s state-funded film industry, this fascinating historical documentary cracks the vaults at the famed Avala Film Studios - home to big-budget productions starring the likes of Richard Burton, Sophia Loren and Orson Welles - and explores the rise and fall of the cinematic illusion called Yugoslavia. Using rare excerpts from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, never-seen-before archive footage from film sets, and revealing interviews with many of the film industry's key players, including Tito’s personal film projectionist, CINEMA KOMUNISTO recreates the narrative of a former country: the stories constructed for the screen and the ones hidden within the frame.


Director: Mila Turajlic

Reactions

"The fascinating and absorbing documentary Cinema Komunisto is a must for film fans...quite wonderfully tracks the history of former Yugoslavia through its cinema." - Screen International

“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

“Critic's Pick! A documentary collage of 60 years of Yugoslavian film under Communist rule.” - Wall Street Journal

“Four stars! An exhaustively researched and elegantly edited documentary.” - The Times

"A great documentary about the cinema of Yugoslavia." - Total Film

"An elegantly constructed memory machine." - The Village Voice

"Excellent! A highly entertaining slab of social, political and cinematic history." - Little White Lies

"Enlivened with a bright, bubbly spirit the film is a nostalgic love letter to, and chronicle of, a country that only existed on film. A venerable gold mine for film lovers." - Twitch


Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Chicago International Film Festival 2011 - Best Documentary
  • Winner! Trieste Film Festival, Italy 2011 - Best Documentary
  • Winner! FIPRESCI Serbia 2011 - Best Documentary
  • Winner! Festival International du cinema d'Alger, Algeria 2011 - Grand Prix du Jury
  • Winner! Focal International Award - Best use of Archive Footage
  • Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival 2011
  • Official Selection - Hot Docs International Documentary Festival 2011
  • Official Selection - International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)

Cast & Crew

Featuring

Steva Petrovic
Dragisa Gile Djuric
Aleksander Leka Konstatinovic
Veljko Bulajic
Velimir Bata Zivojinovic
Dan Tana

Crew

Director: Mila Turajlic
Writer: Mila Turajlic
Producers: Dragan Pešikan, Mila Turajlic, Iva Plemic, Dejan Petrovic, Goran Ješic
Director of Photography: Goran Kovacevic
Editor: Aleksandra Milovanovic
Original Music: Nemanja Mosurovic

Technical Info

Production Year: 2010
Countries of Production: Serbia
Languages: Serbian
Running Time: 1h 41m
Screen Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Stereo
Color: Color and B&W

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Chicago International Film Festival 2011 - Best Documentary
  • Winner! Trieste Film Festival, Italy 2011 - Best Documentary
  • Winner! FIPRESCI Serbia 2011 - Best Documentary
  • Winner! Festival International du cinema d'Alger, Algeria 2011 - Grand Prix du Jury
  • Winner! Focal International Award - Best use of Archive Footage
  • Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival 2011
  • Official Selection - Hot Docs International Documentary Festival 2011
  • Official Selection - International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)

Reactions

"The fascinating and absorbing documentary Cinema Komunisto is a must for film fans...quite wonderfully tracks the history of former Yugoslavia through its cinema." - Screen International

“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

“Critic's Pick! A documentary collage of 60 years of Yugoslavian film under Communist rule.” - Wall Street Journal

“Four stars! An exhaustively researched and elegantly edited documentary.” - The Times

"A great documentary about the cinema of Yugoslavia." - Total Film

"An elegantly constructed memory machine." - The Village Voice

"Excellent! A highly entertaining slab of social, political and cinematic history." - Little White Lies

"Enlivened with a bright, bubbly spirit the film is a nostalgic love letter to, and chronicle of, a country that only existed on film. A venerable gold mine for film lovers." - Twitch


Detailed Film Info

CINEMA KOMUNISTO tells the story of a country that no longer exists, except for in the movies.

Taking us on a journey through the crumbling remnants of the former Yugoslavia and President Josip Broz Tito’s state-funded film industry, this fascinating historical documentary cracks the vaults at the famed Avala Film Studios - home to big-budget productions starring the likes of Richard Burton, Sophia Loren and Orson Welles - and explores the rise and fall of the cinematic illusion called Yugoslavia. Using rare excerpts from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, never-seen-before archive footage from film sets, and revealing interviews with many of the film industry's key players, including Tito’s personal film projectionist, CINEMA KOMUNISTO recreates the narrative of a former country: the stories constructed for the screen and the ones hidden within the frame.

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