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Year 1993-95
Director Emir Kusturica
Film synopsis Completed
Film synopsis CiBy 2000
Komuna Film
Film synopsis The story starts from an underground manufacture of weapons of Belgrade, during WWII, and evolves into fairly surreal situations. The black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans forgets to mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. 50 years later, they become suspicious, and break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the guy was right: the war is still going on.
Film cast Miki Manojlovic     ....    Marko Dren, poet
Lazar Ristovski     ....    Petar Popara 'Crni', War Hero
Mirjana Jokovic     ....    Natalija Zovkov, the Actress
Slavko Stimac     ....    Ivan, Marko's Brother
Ernst Stötzner     ....    Franz, the Aggressor
Srdjan Todorovic     ....    Jovan, Petar's Son
Mirjana Karanovic     ....    Vera, Petar's Woman
Milena Pavlovic     ....    Jelena, Bride
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic     ....    Grandfather (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic     ....    Golub, the Trumpeter
Film credits Produced by
Karl Baumgartner     ....    co-producer
Maksa Catovic     ....    co-producer
Pierre Spengler     ....    executive producer

Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Dusan Kovacevic         novel Bila jednom jedna zemlja
Dusan Kovacevic         play Prolece u januaru
Dusan Kovacevic         screenplay
Emir Kusturica         also play

Original Music by
Goran Bregovic        

Non-Original Music by
Antonín Dvorák        (from "4th movement of 9th symphony")
Camille Saint-Saëns        (from "Organ symphony")

Cinematography by
Vilko Filac        

Film Editing by
Branka Ceperac        

Casting by
Jessica Horáthová        

Production Design by
Miljen Kreka Kljakovic        

Art Direction by
Branimir Babic        
Vlastimir Gavrik        
Vladislav Lasic        
Martin Martinec        

Set Decoration by
Aleksandar Denic        

Costume Design by
Nebojsa Lipanovic        

Film distribution and sales Argentina Video Home (AVH) (Argentina) (video) Artificial Eye Artistas Argentinos Asociados (AAA) (Argentina) CiBy 2000 Cinemussy (Spain) EDKO Film Ltd. (Hong Kong) Komuna Film Mundial Filmes (Brazil) (VHS) New Yorker Films (1996) (USA) (subtitled)
Film background
Film awards and festivals Palme d’Or Cannes 1995
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