SAT 14 DEC – ‘Cinema Komunisto’ (PG)

cinemakomunisto wsc

Doors open 7:30 for a 7:45 start

£5/£3 under 16

“… a must for film fans” – Screen International

“…one of the most riveting, well-researched, elegantly-rendered chronicles of a fallen era to ever be captured on film” – Screen Comment

This award-winning documentary takes us on a fascinating journey through the crumbling remains of Tito’s film industry, exploring the rise and fall of the former Yugoslavia through the movies made under its Communist leader.

Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films and never-before-seen archive from film sets and Tito’s private screenings, the film recreates the story of a country that has since disappeared.

Richard Burton, Sophia Loren and Orson Welles star in super-productions financed by the state and we meet those closest to Tito: the personal projectionist who showed him films every night for 30 years; his favourite film director and actor; and the studio boss, with links to the secret police. All tell how the history of Yugoslavia was constructed on the screen.


CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Golden Hugo for Best Documentary Film / FIPRESCI Serbia – Best Serbian Documentary in 2011 / FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST USE OF ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE IN AN ARTS PRODUCTION / TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL, Italy – Alpe Adria Cinema Award for Best Documentary / IT’S ALL TRUE, Brasil – Special Jury Mention / VIEWS OF THE WORLD, Cyprus – Audience Award /URUGUAY IFF – Special Jury Mention / UNDERHILLFEST, Montenegro – Audience Award & Special Jury Mention / MAKEDOX, Macedonia – Young Onion Award (Best First Film) / CINEMA CITY, Serbia – Audience Award & Best Editing Award / DOKUFEST, Kosovo – Best Balkan Newcomer / BALKAN FF, Albania – Special Jury Mention /CAPE WINELANDS FF, South Africa – Special Jury Mention

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