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For 32 years, Leka Konstantinovic was the personal film projectionist for Yugoslavian President and noted film enthusiast Josip Broz Tito. Tito's cinephilia is legendary, and includes such startling but charming anecdotes as his order to blow up a functioning bridge to achieve a more accurate shot for a film, or hiring out the entire nation's navy to serve as movie extras as part of their compulsory military service. But Marshal Tito's efforts were not mere caprice, rather part of a concerted effort to imbue the new postwar state of Yugoslavia with a mythic history and national image through the magic of the movies.

Comprised of interviews with Konstantinovic and other important figures in the brief but glowing history of Yugoslavian cinema, Cinema Komunisto examines the intersections and contradictions of image and reality in the process of 20th-century nation-building, while also satisfying cinephiles with a wealth of gorgeous archival footage from more than 60 classic films. Yugoslavian film production collapsed after Tito's death, along with the country itself, but both are briefly resurrected in this vibrant, fascinating celebration of a film industry—and a nation—that no longer exists.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 101 minutes
Language: Serbian
Country: Serbia
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Director: Mila Turajlic
Producer: Dragan Pesikan
Editor: Aleksandra Milovanovic
Director of Photography: Goran Kovacevic
Composer: Nemanja Mosurovic
Co-Producers: Dejan Petrovic, Mila Turajlic, Iva Plemic Divjak, Goran Jesic
Sound Design: Aleksandar Protic
Press Contacts

Sales Contact
Dragan Pesikan
Dribbling Pictures
Belgrade, 11000
Phone: +381.11.3619.709

Sales Contact
Dragan Pesikan
Dribbling Pictures
Belgrade, 11000
Phone: +381.11.3619.709

Special Note

Cinema Komunisto is co-hosted by

About the Director(s)
MILA TURAJLIC was born in Belgrade and studied politics and media at the LSE in London, as well as documentary filmmaking at La Fémis in Paris. She worked on Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, Fade to Black, and The Brothers Bloom. Cinema Komunisto, her first feature doc, was developed in the Berlin Talent Campus, ARCHIDOC, and the IDFA Academy Summer School.


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