Mila Turajlic
Mila Turajlic

Cinema Komunisto

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 Yugoslavian 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 glamor 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.

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Team Partner
Sinisha Juricic, producer
Iva Plemic, producer
Producer / Production Details
Dribbling Pictures in association with ORF, ERT, RTV, SLO
Supported by IDFA Bertha Fund (known formerly as Jan Vrijman Fund) and Film Center Serbia
Top Awards/Festivals
Golden Hugo for Best Documentary Film at Chicago International Film Festival
FIPRESCI Serbia for Best Serbian Documentary
FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Archival Footage in an Arts Production
Alpe Adria Cinema Award for Best Documentary at Trieste Film Festival
Training Programme
Masterschool 2006