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Dusan Kovacevic (story)
Emir Kusturica (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 June 1997 (USA) See more »
The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations... See more » | Full synopsis »
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7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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It puts you right there, inside the circulus viciosus See more (123 total) »


  (in credits order)

Predrag Manojlovic ... Marko / Actor playing Marko (as Miki Manojlovic)

Lazar Ristovski ... Crni (Blacky) / Actor playing Blacky

Mirjana Jokovic ... Natalija / Actress playing Natalija
Slavko Stimac ... Ivan
Ernst Stötzner ... Franz / Actor playing Franz

Srdjan Todorovic ... Jovan

Mirjana Karanovic ... Vera
Milena Pavlovic ... Jelena
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ... Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic ... Golub
Davor Dujmovic ... Bata
Nele Karajlic ... Falling Gypsy (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
Branislav Lecic ... Mustafa
Dragan Nikolic ... Film Director
Erol Kadic ... Janez
Predrag Zagorac ... Tomislav
Hark Bohm ... Dr. Strasse
Petar Kralj ... Dr. Mirkovic

Emir Kusturica ... Arms dealer
Pierre Spengler ... Russian Driver
Branko Cvejic ... Captain
Josif Tatic ... Police Inspector
Zdena Hurtocakova ... Fat Lady
Tanja Kecman ... Script
Albena Stavreva ... Girl from the Tunnel
Elizabeta Djorevska ... Woman Prompter
Peter Mountain ... Officer
Mirsad Tuka ... Investigator
Batica Nikalic ... Investigator
Desa Biogradlija ... Lady in the Theatre Box
Zoran Miljkovic ... Partisan

Rick Dano ... Partisan
Radovan Markovic ... Commando
Miodrag Dordevic ... Assistant Director
Ljiljana Jovanovic ... Prostitute
Danica Zdravic ... Boat Dancer
Stojan Sotirov ... Driver in Tunnel
Aleksandra Andjelkovic ... Make up artist (making movie about popara crni)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zeljko Mitrovic ... Pavle
Anja Popovic ... Mustafa's Girl
Marko Stanic ... Old Man in Theatre Box
Dragoljub Vojnov ... The Psychiatrist (scenes deleted)
Hafez al-Assad ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Yasser Arafat ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nicolae Ceausescu ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Andrei Gromyko ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
King Hussein ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
King Olav V ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Predrag Milinkovic ... Mister I (uncredited)
Dragoljub-Gula Milosavljevic ... Mister II (uncredited)
Walter Mondale ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Branko Petkovic ... Konobar (uncredited)
Olga Poznatov ... Woman in the Basement (uncredited)

Prince Philip ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Helmut Schmidt ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ed Schreyer ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Josip Broz Tito ... Himself (reviews troops, dances, funeral) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kurt Waldheim ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Emir Kusturica 
Writing credits
Dusan Kovacevic (story)

Emir Kusturica (screenplay)

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... associate producer
Maksa Catovic .... associate producer
Alain Depardieu .... producer
Jan Schütte .... co-producer
Pierre Spengler .... executive producer
Milorad Vucelic .... producer
Original Music by
Goran Bregovic 
Cinematography by
Vilko Filac 
Film Editing by
Branka Ceperac 
Casting by
Jessica Horáthová 
Production Design by
Miljen Kreka Kljakovic 
Art Direction by
Branimir Babic 
Vlastimir Gavrik 
Vladislav Lasic 
Martin Martinec 
Set Decoration by
Aleksandar Denic 
Costume Design by
Nebojsa Lipanovic 
Makeup Department
Ljiljana Andjelkovic .... hair stylist
Tatjana Dulovic .... special makeup effects artist (as Tatjana Nikolic)
Josef Lojik .... makeup artist
Smilja Ristic .... makeup artist
Production Management
Vladan Cvetkovic .... unit manager
Miodrag Djordjevic .... production manager
Zoran Jankovic .... production manager
Svetlana Novak .... post-production supervisor
Jasmina Petrovic-Gojacic .... production secretary
Miodrag Stevanovic .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zoran Andric .... assistant director
Slobodan Dedeic .... assistant director (as Boban Dedejic)
Miroslav Mandic .... assistant director
Momcilo Mrdakovic .... assistant director
Jirí Ostry .... assistant director
Alice Ronovska .... assistant director
Helen Statman .... second unit director
Art Department
Gligorije Cicanov .... painter
Andrej Kostic .... stand-by painter
Radovan Markovic .... property master
Sava Mihajlov .... props
Zivojin Savic .... property buyer
Darko Sobot .... painter
Miodrag Vlajkovic .... property buyer (as Miodrag Vlajkovic Gandi)
Sound Department
Eric Chevallier .... sound recordist
François Groult .... sound mixer
Marton Jankov-Tomica .... boom operator
Marko Rodic .... sound
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
Svetolik Zajc .... sound editor
Julian Pinn .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ladislav Lahoda .... special effects
Roman Tudjarov .... special effects supervisor
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
Petar Zivkovic .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Paddy Eason .... digital effects designer
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Alison O'Brien .... visual effects producer
Dominic Parker .... digital effects designer
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer: CFC
Mark Nelmes .... digital visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Pavel Cajzl .... stunts
Christina Fong .... stunts
Dusan Hyska .... stunts
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts
Ladislav Lahoda .... stunt coordinator
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts (as Dimo Liptkovsky)
Miomir Radevic-Pigi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jan Carda .... focus puller: Prague
Stasa Dodocic .... second assistant camera
Danilo Dudic .... grip
Zarko Dudic .... grip
Andreas Gockel .... clapper loader: Berlin
Ali Olcay Gözkaya .... gaffer (as Ali Olay Gözkaya)
Sönke Hansen .... director of photography: second unit
Sasa Midzoski .... gaffer
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Veljko Pavlovic .... director of photography: second unit
Petar Popovic .... assistant camera
Cedomir Subotic .... key grip
Dusan Joksimovic .... cinematographer: Belgrade second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Biljana Kecman .... assistant costume designer
Vera Mirová .... wardrobe master
Mirjana Ostojic .... assistant costume designer
Patricie Soptenková .... set costumer
Jitka Svecova .... costumer
Editorial Department
Olivier Fontenay .... color grader
Andjela Ilic .... assistant editor
Branislav Krstic .... assistant editor
Music Department
Srdjan Kurpjel .... music arranger
Other crew
Volker Beyer .... assistant production accountant
Denise Breton .... press attache: Cannes
Jim Hajicosta .... production accountant
Jiri Krejcir .... location manager
Biljana Mirkovic .... script supervisor
Eva Nietschová .... production accountant: Czech Republic
Daniela Romano .... production representative
Daniela Romano .... representative: CIBY 2000
Helen Statman .... assistant: producer

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Additional Details

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170 min | USA:167 min | 320 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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Did You Know?

The director's cut ran for over 320 minutes.See more »
Ivan:Bila jednom jedna zemlja. Once upon a time... there was a country...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Les Misérables (2012)See more »
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40 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
It puts you right there, inside the circulus viciosus, 9 December 2003
Author: ivona021 from Chicago, USA

For anyone interested in Kusturica's work, this is my favorite. Don't get discouraged because it's set someplace you never traveled before... People are all alike. You'll recognize the patterns easily.

It tells a story how come a country which appeared to everyone inside as an uniquely ideal world (they aren't aware where they are) could abruptly dissolve in a really, really bloody war the moment that the outside interferes... And more then that: it lets you LIVE AND LEARN through this experience yourself! It tells what time heals, or can't heal. It tells a lot about people, and about powers of mass deception, and examines personal issues arising from such a condition. It talks about a different set of values, which can be understood only in a specific situation. It makes you understand the Balkans as well as any other region held together by a weird, claustrophobic mix of hundreds of years of love and war on a small piece of land, a thread so fragile that it would break if love gets any more removed from war then it ever was.

The sense of time in this movie is marvelously directed, and the reason it starts as an action flick but then at one point starts to drag towards the end is... because there is always, always a slowdown just before the next big boom/collapse; don't fight this feeling or you'll miss on the experience.

It is like the Truman Show without the Hollywood ending.

The movie is based on a play from Serbian master playwright, Dusan Kovacevic. Anything based on his plays is well worth the watching.

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