An old sea captain has lived on his own as long as he has been able to. Between his pension and the portraits he paints for a little spending money, he has done all right. However, the day finally comes when he must enter an old age home. Nothing daunted, his high spirits and zest for living infect the whole home with enthusiasm as they prepare a New Year’s Eve party for visiting relatives. Even the captain’s withdrawn and sour old roommate at the home eventually joins in.
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Ziva istina / The Living Truth (1972) Tomislav Radic, Bozidarka Frajt, Ruza Rosoci, Vesna Veselic, Biography
The Living Truth (Živa istina), also released as Real Truth, is a 1972 Croatian film directed and written by Tomislav Radi?, starring Božidarka Frajt. Radi?’s directorial debut, a very low-budget cinéma vérité-style film about the everyday life of a struggling actress was met with critical acclaim and is considered one of the best Croatian films of the 1970s.
Salas u Malom Ritu / The Farm in the Small Marsh (1976) Branko Bauer, Slavko Stimac, Miodrag Radovanovic, Pavle Vuisic, Drama, War
War arrives to a small secluded village in Vojvodina. The Germans take a group of hostages through the village and on their way molest a small boy. As revenge the boy sets the German corn on fire. An intelligent and shrewd Gestapo officer Sicer arrives to investigate.
Milena is a middle-aged wife and mother ensconced comfortably behind a gate in an upscale suburb of Belgrade. She quietly tends to her looks, dutifully cooks and entertains, and meets her friends for choir practice. She makes love with her husband and they socialize jauntily with a group of old friends. But unsettling realities are beginning to seep into Milena’s consciousness and disrupt her ordered world. One day while cleaning, she happens upon a videotape that incriminates her husband in horrific war crimes. A Good Wife is the story of how this secret reverberates in Milena’s life and eventually changes her.
Jagode u grlu (1985) Srdjan Karanovic, Aleksandar Bercek, Branko Cvejic, Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlovic, Drama
Nacionalna klasa / National Class (1979) Goran Markovic, Dragan Nikolic, Bogdan Diklic, Gorica Popovic, Comedy, Drama
One week in a life of Branimir Mitrovic “Floyd”, a young rally driver from the National Class (up to 785cc), dreaming of promotion to the higher category. He lives a carefree life of a Belgrade dandy boy, neglecting his girlfriend, avoiding his draft calls, and refusing to deal with any life responsibility in general. The decisive race on Saturday is only what he cares about.
Tango argentino (1992) Goran Paskaljevic, Mija Aleksic, Predrag Manojlovic, Nikola Zarkovic, Drama, Music
Nikola is an ten-year-old boy who enjoys relating with the old people that his mother shops for and cleans up for. He is particularly enthralled by an old fellow who used to earn his living as a tango singer, and who still has something of the enthusiasm for living that infuses that music. His father is a music teacher who isn’t quite up to the challenge posed by living with his energetic and complicated wife, and since they are not well off materially, the difficulty of their lives is compounded. The boy has a scheme which may make the family a lot of money, but he first has to decide that the real world is more worthy of his attentions than his rich and gentle fantasy life.
Jug jugoistok / South by Southeast (2005) Milutin Petrovic, Radivoje Andric, Nedeljko Despotovic, Balsa Djogo, Thriller
Sonja, once a popular Serbian actress settled in Slovenia is on a short visit to Belgrade. She panics claiming that her daughter Sofia has been kidnapped, then disappears. Inspector Despotovic is assigned to the case and when he finds Sonja, she admits that she made everything up, that she never had a child, and therefore there was no kidnapping. But a Secret Service veteran approaches Despotovic and tells him that the story about kidnapping is true. It is highly classified information. The father of the child is Foreign Affairs Minister. On the other hand, Minister claims that the Secret Service has made everything up trying to compromise him. Despotovic is puzzled… Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Who is insane? Who is about to die?
Tears for Sale / Carlston za Ognjenku (2008) Uros Stojanovic, Katarina Radivojevic, Sonja Kolacaric, Stefan Kapicic, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Story of two sisters that grew up in a small Serbian village in the beginning of the 1930s. The village is torn up by wars and years long blood oath. There are no men left in the village. Our heroines, Ognjenka and Mala Boginja decide to go to the city, kidnap men and return life to their village. The lights of the metropolis dazzle them and there starts this little amusing and sentimental adventure.