ZagrebDox Pro Retrospective

Cinema Komunisto

Mila Turajlić
Screening time  
27.02. / Thursday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
"Cinema Komunisto" takes us on a journey across the remnants of Tito’s film industry, exploring the rise and fall of Yugoslav cinematic illusion.

Through clips from more than 60 forgotten Yugoslav films, exclusive interviews and archive footage from the shooting and Tito’s private screenings, an image of Yugoslavia comes together – the official one, seen on the screen, and the one hidden behind the curtains. The film explores the myths that backed Yugoslavia and the way fiction split away from reality all until the final collapse. In this elegantly structures memory machine, the story is told by Tito’s personal cinema operator for 32 years Leka Konstantinović, Tito’s favourite director Veljko Bulajić, the greatest Yugoslav film star Bata Živojinović, Orson Welles, Yul Brynner, Richard Burton etc.


Mila Turajlić

Mila Turajlić was born in 1979 in Belgrade, Serbia. She studied Politics and International Relations and Media and Communications at the London School of Economics, and Film and TV Production at the national lm school in Belgrade. She has directed short flms La vie des morts (2003), Neotihuacan (2006), Fara Nume (2009), and Passages (16), and the feature documentary Cinema Komunisto (2010) that won her 16 awards. The Other Side of Everything (2017) is her latest documentary.

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Cinema Komunisto

2010, 100', video

Directed by:
Mila Turajlić

Screenplay by:
Mila Turajlić

Goran Kovačević

Edited by:
Aleksandra Milovanović

Nemanja Mosurović

Dragan Pešikan, Iva Plemić Divjak, Mila Turajlić, Dejan Petrović,

Produced by:
Dribbling Pictures

Festivals & Awards:

Chicago International Film Festival 2011 – Golden Hugo Award for Best Documentary; Dokufest 2011 – Best Balkan Newcomer; FIPRESCI Serbia – Best Documentary Film 2011; Trieste Film Festival –  Alpe Adria Cinema Award for Best Documentary; Its All True 2011– Special Mention; Makedox 2011 – Young Onion Award (Best Debut); Cinema City 2011 –  Audience Award; Best Editing; Focal International Awards 2011 – Award for Creative Use of Archive Material in Art Production