Mubi Forum's Favorite Balkan Films

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1.
Underground (1995)
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The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations... (170 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
2.
The Travelling Players (1975)
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Greece 1939 - 1952 Fascist, Nazi, Communist conflict as seen through a family of travelling provincial players (230 mins.)
 
3.
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)
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A homage to the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, matched with a story about a Yugoslavian girl's affair with a Russian skater. Sexual repression, social systems and the orgone theory are explored. (84 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
 
4.
Forest of the Hanged (1965)
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In 1916 as an officer in the Habsburg Army ethnic Romanian Apostol Bologa is torn between remaining loyal to the Habsburgs or deserting to the Romanian Army across enemy lines. (154 mins.)
Director: Liviu Ciulei
 
5.
Dancing in the Rain (1961)
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Peter is the dark brooding type. Leading a vacuous, shapeless life, he longs for the ideal woman, while at the same time... (100 mins.)
Director: Bostjan Hladnik
 
6.
The Stone Wedding (1973)
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Two bleak stories about absent love. In the first, a widow is working hard in a desperate attempt to save her dying daughter. The second tells the story of two wandering singers who kidnap a bride from her wedding. (90 mins.)
 
7.
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
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A, a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend... (176 mins.)
 
8.
The Ogre of Athens (1956)
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A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake. (103 mins.)
 
9.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
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A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania. (113 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
 
10.
The Goat Horn (1972)
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The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan... (105 mins.)
Director: Metodi Andonov
 
11.
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
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Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany... (127 mins.)
 
12.
Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967)
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After many adventures, a young female switchboard operator starts a love relationship with a serious young man... (79 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
 
13.
The Marathon Family (1982)
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The Topalovic family has been in the burial business for generations. When the old (150 yrs old) Pantelija dies... (92 mins.)
Director: Slobodan Sijan
 
14.
Reconstruction (1968)
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A prosecutor, policemen and teacher bring the students Vuica and Nicu to a restaurant to re-enact their drunken brawl there, and have it filmed to show the effects of alcoholism. (100 mins.)
Director: Lucian Pintilie
 
15.
Rhythm of a Crime (1981)
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A single teacher allows a stranger to share his home with him before it is to be torn down by developers... (89 mins.)
Director: Zoran Tadic
 
16.
Before the Rain (1994)
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In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence. (113 mins.)
 
17.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic... (153 mins.)
Director: Cristi Puiu
 
18.
H-8... (1958)
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A bus and a truck are moving towards each other along a two-way traffic highway on a rainy day. At the... (105 mins.)
Director: Nikola Tanhofer
 
19.
It Rains in My Village (1968)
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A bizarre and tragic love story involving swineherd, village fool, teacher and an agricultural pilot. The story unfolds in a remote village in the communist ruled Yugoslavia at the down of Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. (84 mins.)
 
20.
Morning Patrol (1987)
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A woman is walking alone through an abandoned city. She approaches the forbidden zone and tries to pass through... (108 mins.)
 
21.
The Peach Thief (1964)
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A wife of a Bulgarian Army officer falls in love with a Serbian prisoner at the end of World war I. (84 mins.)
Director: Vulo Radev
 
22.
Reflections (1987)
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Piano teacher is deeply traumatised by the events of his childhood, as well as by political oppression in his youth... (102 mins.)
Director: Goran Markovic
 
23.
Time of the Gypsies (1988)
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In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves. (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
24.
Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)
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It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade, on a journey that will change their lives forever. (86 mins.)
Director: Slobodan Sijan
 
25.
Eternity and a Day (1998)
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Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home. (137 mins.)
 
26.
Cornerstone (1966)
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A gruff highlander leaves his village and heads to the town and harbor where he will embark for Australia... (89 mins.)
Director: Alexis Damianos
 
27.
National Class Category Up to 785 Ccm (1979)
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One week in a life of Branimir Mitrovic "Floyd", a young rally driver from the National Class (up to 785cc)... (105 mins.)
Director: Goran Markovic
 
28.
S-a furat o bomba (1961)
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A dialogue free Romanian science-fiction spy-comedy that draws upon farce, satire and surrealism as... (74 mins.)
 
29.
Lust for Gold (1974)
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(88 mins.)
 
30.
Beyond the Hills (2012)
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The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany. (150 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
 
31.
Early Works (1969)
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Inspired by Karl Marx's "Das Kapital", three men and a girl named Jugoslava decide to wake up the conscience within the working class and peasants... (87 mins.)
Director: Zelimir Zilnik
 
32.
The Idlers of the Fertile Valley (1978)
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A father moves with his three sons and their beautiful, hard working servant in a big, old house in the countryside, where a weird drowsiness seems to occupy the four men. Will it be possible for one of them to break free? (118 mins.)
 
33.
It Happened on This Very Day (1987)
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Belgrade in 1963. In a yard surrounded by buildings, a group of young people of different backgrounds and social status... (99 mins.)
Director: Miroslav Lekic
 
34.
Martin in the Clouds (1961)
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Martin and his girlfriend Zorica are two students who live as subtenants in separate flats. Since that... (110 mins.)
Director: Branko Bauer
 
35.
Paviljon VI (1978)
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A doctor from provincial town in Tsardom of Russia meets his former student in Ward 6, where the story takes place... (97 mins.)
Director: Lucian Pintilie
 
36.
Petrijin venac (1980)
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This film takes place in a small mining town in Serbia, within a time span covering the prewar, war... (99 mins.)
 
37.
Three (1965)
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Three stories are set at the beginning, middle and the end of WW2. In all three of them the hero of... (80 mins.)
 
38.
Variola Vera (1982)
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This is a true story of the famous Variola epidemic outbreak in Belgrade. (110 mins.)
Director: Goran Markovic
 
39.
When Father Was Away on Business (1985)
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Tito's break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists... (136 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
40.
Young Aphrodites (1963)
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Parallel stories of Eros set in 200 B.C. Nomadic shepherds, plagued by drought, happen on a fishing encampment with plentiful fresh water... (88 mins.)