We have the pleasure of inviting you to a film screening within the Cinema Classics series:
February 28th, 2019, 7 PM
Forum cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 12 PLN (regular ticket) / 10 PLN (discount ticket), available at the Forum cinema’s box office, BCC/LZC’ box office and on bilety.bok.bialystok.pl
This allegorical European black comedy examines the past 50 years, between 1941 and 1992 in Yugoslavia’s history. The subtitled film is over three hours long, and is divided into three segments. The protagonists are band-leader Marko and his best friend Blacky who in Belgrade, 1941, were simultaneously communist patriots and racketeers. When the Nazis invade Belgrade, the men take their families down to an enormous wine cellar where the rebels have set up an underground munitions factory. There Blacky’s wife dies while giving birth; he later begins wooing an actress who throws him over for a Nazi, whom Blacky shoots. Unfortunately, the German survives and Blacky is arrested. Fortunately, Marko saves him, and as his friend recuperates from the torture, Marko sleeps with the actress. Even as the Allied bombers destroy the remains of Belgrade, the treacherous Marko convinces the subterranean refugees that the war is still in effect and that they must continue making arms to be prepared when Tito calls for them. Twenty years pass, and the refugees, living on dog food, are still hard at work, cheerfully making guns to save their country. Meanwhile, Marko has become an prominent party official. He and his wife, the actress, continue to sell illegal arms and drugs. The situation for them is very good until Marko’s brother discovers his treachery and all hell breaks loose.