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A Feature film by Emir Kusturica

Produced by Ciby 2000

Release in France : 25/10/1995


    In Belgrade, during World War Two, Marko hides his friend Blacky from the Nazis in a cellar where a partisan group lives underground, manufacturing weapons. For Marko, this is a lucrative business and a way of keeping Blacky away from the girl they both love, the actress Natalija. For 20 years, Marko tells the people below that the war is still on, manipulates them and feeds them false informations. He becomes a significant political figure in Tito's regime. In 1991, Marko and Blacky are on opposing sides.

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ciby 2000

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    TF1 Studio

    Foreign production companies :

    Pandora Film, Novofilm, Filmové Studio Barrandov, Komuna Films, Mediarex, Etic Films

    French distribution :

    Ciby Distribution

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    "People think that they are only born once. In fact, they are born several times. I was first born in a place where all kinds of conquering armies have passed throughout the centuries. The land where I first saw the light of day and where I understood that even the birds, when they sing in the morning, are not happy but instead horrified, by this light, is a land of heresy, unbridled love and hatred, set down on those high mountains where wildflowers grow. I was born in a land of hope, laughter and unequalled joy. Is there any other country in the world that can understand the wildflowers that grow in Bosnia better than France ? I'm sure there isn't."

    (Emir Kusturica)

    Full credits (13)

    Line Producer :

    Pierre Spengler

    Foreign Producer :

    Karl Baumgartner

    Sound Recordist :

    Marko Rodic

    Editor :

    Branka Ceperac

    Production Designer :

    Miljen Kljakovic

    Costume designer :

    Nebojsa Lipanovic

    Sound mixers :

    François Groult, Bruno Tarrière

    Screenwriters :

    Emir Kusturica, Dusan Kovacevic

    Director of Photography :

    Vilko Filac

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Denise Breton

    Sound Editor :

    Svetolik Mica Zajc

    Music Composer :

    Goran Bregovic

    Grader :

    Olivier Fontenay

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France (67.0%), Germany (32.0%), Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia

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    Majority French (France, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia)

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    Runtime :

    3 h 12 min

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    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1995

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1995)


    Out of Competition

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)


    Official Competition - Feature Films