CINEMA
KOMUNISTO

Cinema Komunisto
Cinema Komunisto
Cinema Komunisto
Cinema Komunisto
Cinema Komunisto
Cinema Komunisto

Synopsis

The most awarded-winning documentary film from Serbia.

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.

DIRECTED BY

CAST

Josip Broz Tito / Himself (archive footage)
Velimir ‘Bata’ Živojinović / Himself
Stevan Petrović / Himself
Veljko Despotović / Himself
Dragiša Đokić / Himself
Veljko Bulajić / Himself
Aleksandar Konstantinović / Himself
Vlastimir Gavrik / Himself
Ranko Petrić / Himself
Dan Tana / Himself
Sulejman Begić / Himself

PRODUCED BY

Dragan Pešikan / executive producer
Iva Plemić / producer
Mila Turajlić / producer

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY

EDITING BY

DURATION

1h 40min

GENRE

Documentary, History

When reality has a different script from the one in your films, who wouldn’t invent a country to fool themselves?

… a challenge that could have stumped even the most seasoned
filmmaker: create a movie about a country
that no longer exists.

New York Times

The Times

[critic’s pick] … a documentary collage of
60 years of Yugoslavian film
under Communist rule.

Wall Street Journal

“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

Festivals Selection

  • IDFA – First Appearance (world premiere) Trieste Film Festival, Italy
  • Magnificent 7 – European Feature Documentary Film Festival, Belgrade
  • Views of the World Int’l Documentary Film Festival, Cyprus Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
  • Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival, Slovenia It’s All True Festival, Brazil
  • Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay, Uruguay Tribeca Film Festival, USA (North American premiere)
  • San Francisco International Film Festival, USA HotDocs Toronto, Canada
  • DOC.Fest, Munich, Germany UnderhillFest, Montenegro Doc Aviv, Israel
  • DocumentarIST, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Transylvania International Film Festival, Romania Festival International du cinema d’Alger, Algeria Il Cinema Ritrovato, Italy
  • MakeDox, Macedonia
  • Festival International du Cinéma d’Auteur de Rabat, Marocco Pula Film Festival, Croatia
  • Indianapolis International Film Festival, USA Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Dokufest, Prizren
  • Kerala International Documentary & Short Film Festival, India Kratkofil, Banjaluka
  • Pristina International Film Festival
  • Cinemed – Montpellier, France
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada Chicago International Film Festival, USA Bergen International Film Festival, Norway Docslisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • UNAFF – United Nations Association Film Festival, USA Eastern Neighbors Film Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands Brisbane International Film Festival, Australia Canberra International Film Festival, Australia Bratislava International Film Festival, Slovakia
  • Sevilla International Film Festival, Spain European Film Panorama, Cairo, Egypt Brighton International Film Festival, UK
  • Goteborg International Film Festival, Goteborg, Sweden Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden Cape Winelands Film Festival, Cape Town, South Africa BAFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • London Archive Film Festival, London, UK Midnight Sun Film Festival, Lapland, Finland Festival Al Este de Lima, Lima, Peru