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An unpredictable black comedy with an epic scope, [[Performer~P98330~Emir Kusturica~emirkusturica]]'s highly acclaimed [[Feature~V179548~Underground~underground]] takes a look at the modern history of Yugoslavia through the often absurd misadventures of two friends over several decades. The film begins in Belgrade in 1941, establishing the friendship between the gregarious Blacky and the more intellectual Marko during a drunken, late-night musical procession that establishes the riotous tone to follow. Fellow members of the Communist Party, the friends also share an involvement in shady business activities and an attraction for a beautiful actress. Soon, the chaos of World War II forces them to take refuge in an underground shelter with a variety of other townspeople. Years pass and the war ends, but Marko and the actress trick the others into believing that the war is still going on. Kusturica turns this inherently absurd premise into a vibrant portrait of the contradictory, foolish nature of war. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the film received great acclaim on the festival circuit but had a hard time securing a release in the United States. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:June 18, 1941

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival Emir Kusturica Palme d'Or 1995 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Emir Kusturica Best Foreign Film 1997 Nominee

Cast

Miki Manojlovic
as Marko
Lazar Ristovski
as Petar Popara (Blacky)
Slavko Stimac
as Ivan
Bora Todorovic
as Golub
Srdjan Todorovic
as Jovan
Pierre Spengler
as Russian Driver
Mirjana Karanovic
as Vera
Branko Cvejic
as Captain
Branislav Lecic
as Mustafa
Rick Dano
as Partisan
Dragan Nikolic
as Film Director
Mirjana Jokovic
as Natalija
Davor Dujmovic
as Bata
Milena Pavlovic
as Jelena
Emir Kusturica
as Arms dealer

Crew

Emir Kusturica
Director
Emir Kusturica
Screenwriter
Dusan Kovacevic
Screenwriter
Vilko Filac
Cinematographer
Goran Bregovic
Composer (Music Score)
Goran Bregovic
Songwriter
Saban Bajramovic
Featured Music
Branka Ceperac
Editor
Maksa Catovic
Co-producer
Pierre Spengler
Executive Producer
Aleksandar Denic
Set Designer
Marko Rodic
Sound/Sound Designer
Miroslav Mandic
First Assistant Director
Zoran Andric
First Assistant Director
Josef Lojik
Makeup
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