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Film Evening Dedicated to Dušan Makavejev in Zagreb

On 9th of October 2012, in the theater “Tuškanac” in Zagreb, the Croatian Film Association will organize a film evening dedicated to the great Serbian and Yugoslav director Dušan Makavejev, following his recent 80th birthday,

The “Short Tuesday” manifestation in “Tuškanac” will be entirely devoted to the author's key films of Yugoslav “black wave” - ”Man Is Not a Bird” (1965), “Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator” (1967), “Innocence Unprotected” (1968), and the cult film “WR: Mysteries of the Organism “(1971).

In keeping with Makavejev’s request, the film evening will begin with the screening of the experimental 1963 documentary “Restroom” by Mihovil Pansini, a Croatian alternative film pioneer and the founder of the legendary GEFF, who has dedicated the film to Makavejev.

The main part of the program is a one-hour documentary, “Makavejev Mystery” (2011) by Belgrade director Dragomir Zupanc and produced by Radio Television of Serbia. It's a collage portrait of Makavejev in which many protagonists from the Belgrade and Yugoslav film scenes in the enthusiastic 1950s, the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, and later decades appear (Svetozar Cvetković, Branko Vučićević, Miša Radivojević, Pega Popović, Eva Ras, Zdravko Randić, Slobodan Šijan, Želimir Žilnik and others). Several publicists will speak about Makavejev, as well as Serbian intellectuals who watched the scene or were marginally involved in it, like Borka Pavićević and Jovan Ćirilov (who was an actor in “The Seal”).

Director Dragomir Zupanc (1946) was also a part of this alternative film scene, an he has made several television documentaries about it, such as “Želimir Žilnik: Contributions to the History of YU Film and Politpornography” (2004), and will personally present the film in “Tuškanac”.

The program includes early Makavejev films from his amateur stage – the Kafkaesque satire “The Seal” (1955) and the once banned film “Don’t Believe in Monuments” (1958), produced by Cinema Club Belgrade.

Makavejev was born on 13th of October 1932 in Belgrade, and he made his first films made in the Belgrade Cinema Club in 1950s. His first professional film was produced by Zagreb Film, and his last feature work as an international co-production, having emigrated from Yugoslavia in 1973 due to the political reaction to his film “ WR: Mysteries of the Organism”. His sojourn was marked by films “Sweet Movie” (1974) and “The Coca-Cola Kid” (1985).

Makavejev has won numerous national and international awards, including the Belgrade October Prize, the Silver Bear in Berlin, the Silver Arena in Pula, the Luis Bunuel Award at Cannes, the Silver Hugo in Chicago... In his younger days he also was a wrote a lot on the subject of film, posting outstanding comments, criticism, essays, and various other articles in the periodicals of the former Yugoslavia.

The Croatian Film Association will organize this evening dedicated Makavejev in cooperation with Radio Television of Serbia and the Academic Film Center of the “Studentski grad” Cultural Center in Belgrade.

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