“THE TRAP” is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) ‘society in transition.’ It’s a story that could happen to you. It is a film about an ordinary man, who is forced to choose between life and death of his own child. THE TRAP is a film about post-Milosevic’s Serbia, in which there is no more war, but there is moral and existential desert, about Serbia in transition, in which human life still doesn’t worth a lot, about normal life which still seems unreachable.
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Mlad i zdrav kao ruza / Young and healthy as a rose (1971) Jovan Jovanovic, Dragan Nikolic, Aleksandar Gavric, María Baxa, Drama
A director with a very distinctive style, Jovan Jovanovic has filmed in 1971 one of the most significant works in the history of contemporary Serbian film. “Young and Healthy Like a Rose” is a strong visionary achievement that still looks topical today as back in the times when it was filmed and banned by the then communist censorship. A story about a young delinquent, who evolves from typical outsider to mafia boss of Belgrade seemed shocking back then; today, it is the cruel reality of our times. With incredible foresight of things to come, Jovanovic’s leading character says: “I am your future”. More poetical than Hollywood movies, much more realistic than “Trainspotting”. An exciting story about crime, drugs and the deadly grip of the secret police in Serbia. The best role of Dragan Nikolic, one of the rare ones he presented himself as a tough guy and the authentic sex symbol from this region. A slap in the face of film and other convention.
Sisanje / Skinning (2010) Stevan Filipovic, Nikola Rakocevic, Viktor Savic, Natasa Tapuskovic, Action, Crime, Drama
SISANJE is a story of a young Belgrade high school math champ Novica who gets seduced into the world of skinheads by their charismatic leader Relja. Novica joins the gang of racist skinheads in an attempt to overcome the geek status in school but soon enough he is sucked into the world of racism, violence and hooliganism, the skinhead movement takes him over and eventually he starts climbing up the ladder in the skinhead hierarchy.
Enklava / Enclave (2015) Goran Radovanovic, Milena Jaksic, Filip Subaric, Nenad Stanojkovic, Milan Sekulic, Drama
Kosovo 2004, five years after the war. Nenad, ten years Christian boy from a Serbian enclave, determined to create a proper community burial for his late grandfather, crosses enemy lines and makes friends among the Muslim majority in deeply divided, war-torn Kosovo.
Rane / The Wounds (1998) Srdjan Dragojevic, Dusan Pekic, Milan Maric, Dragan Bjelogrlic, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Ne okreci se sine / My Son Don’t Turn Round (1956) Branko Bauer, Bert Sotlar, Lila Andres, Zlatko Lukman, Drama
A partisan comes secretly to town to find about what happened to his little son who barely remembers him. He is horrified when he finds out that his son is raised in a colaborators’ orphanage, brought up to hate communists and partisans. He decides to take his son to the freed territory with him, but will he manage to escape the police checkings?
Rani radovi / Early Works (1969) Zelimir Zilnik, Milja Vujanovic, Bogdan Tirnanic, Cedomir Radovic, Comedy, Drama
Inspired by Karl Marx’s Kapital three men and a girl named Jugoslava decide to wake up the conscience within the working class and peasants. Faced with the primitivism and a lack of morale, their revolution fails and the girl is one to be sacrificed as a witness of their unsuccessful attempt.
Boj na Kosovu / The Battle of Kosovo (1989) Zdravko Sotra, Milos Zutic, Gorica Popovic, Vojislav Brajovic, Drama, History, War
On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad, resulting in a great battle which would later inspire Serbian folk tales and poems about courage, sacrifice, betrayal and tragedy. The movie was made for the 600th anniversary of the event.
Zazidani / The Walled In (1969) Vojislav ‘Kokan’ Rakonjac, Ljuba Tadic, Danilo ‘Bata’ Stojkovic, Sava Damjanovic, Drama
A guard prevents the inmate’s escape from the prison. During his second attempt, the inmate decides to save guard’s life who have been fallen into the river while trying to catch him. Since the guard’s job is now to keep an eye on him in the cell, they spend a lot time together and their hatred turns into a sincere friendship. The guard wants to help inmate to escape again.
When 3 soldiers discover a man inside a home they are bombing, they easily kill him. But, when a 2nd witness is discovered, she proves a bigger challenge, setting in motion a riveting game of cat & mouse.