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Cinema Komunisto

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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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

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

Mark Adams

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.”

Sam Weisberg

Screen Comment

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

Steve Dollar

Wall Street Journal

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

Wendy Ide

The Times

"A great documentary about the cinema of Yugoslavia."

Simon Kinnear

Total Film

"An elegantly constructed memory machine."

Michael Atkinson

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."


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
  • Himself : Steva Petrovic
  • Himself : Dragisa Gile Djuric
  • Himself : Aleksander Leka Konstatinovic
  • Himself : Veljko Bulajic
  • Himself : Velimir Bata Zivojinovic
  • Himself : Dan Tana
  • 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
  • Release Date : 07/14/15
  • Countries of Production : Serbia
  • Languages : Serbian
  • Running Time : 101 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 16x9
  • Sound : Stereo
  • Color : Color and B&W
  • Rating : Not Rated
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Bonus Scenes

Premiere Sava Center (Short Film)| Photo Komunisto Gallery

Cinema Komunisto Trailer| Director’s Commentary

Mila’s Video Diary

Interview with Daniel J. Goudling