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Cabaret Balkan (1998)

Bure baruta (original title)
Random Belgrade citizens interact with each other in a night full of crime, frustration, betrayal and revenge.

Director:

Goran Paskaljevic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandar Bercek ... Dimitri, the Crippled Ex-Cop from the Local Cafe
Vojislav 'Voja' Brajovic ... Topi, the Ex-Student Revolutionary Trafficker (as Vojislav Brajovic)
Bogdan Diklic ... John, the VW Driver
Nebojsa Glogovac ... The Chain-Smoking Taxi Driver
Mirjana Jokovic ... Ana, the 'Flirt' on the Bus, George's Girlfriend
Mirjana Karanovic ... Natalia, Mane's Ex-Fiancee
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Mane (Michael), the Homecoming Man (as Predrag-Miki Manojlovic)
Toni Mihajlovski ... George, the Eternal Culprit, Ana's Boyfriend
Nebojsa Milovanovic ... The Bosnian Serb Son Who Doesn't Want to End Up Like His Father
Dragan Nikolic ... John's Boxer Friend
Lazar Ristovski ... The Boxer Who Takes the Train
Nikola Ristanovski ... Boris, the Esoteric Cabaret Artist
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... The Desperate Young Woman on the Train
Sergej Trifunovic ... The Young Man Chewing Gum Who Takes the Bus Hostage
Mira Banjac ... The Bosnian Serb Mother
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Storyline

In Beograd, mid-1990s, 20 people's paths crisscross one night in rage and theater. A callow youth dents a car; its owner hunts him down and trashes his father's flat. Michael, back from abroad, hopes to reclaim Natalia; her new, younger lover seems outclassed. A Bosnian drives a bus to eke out subsistence; his son works the Black Market for a sadist. A cabby buys drinks for a cop he crippled in revenge. Swarthy friends at a gym confess betrayals of each other; violence erupts, then one menaces a woman on a train. Another young woman, traumatized when a knife-wielding youth commandeers her bus, calls for help and ends up with a gun at her head. It's a cabaret macabre. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including an act of sexual assault, strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Its original Serbian language title is Bure baruta which means Powder Keg. It was released in English speaking countries under the title of Cabaret Balkan, with the official reason for the name change being that Kevin Costner had already registered a film project under the title Powder Keg. See more »


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Orkestar 'Oluja' Sinisa Stankovica
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A shriek of anger from Belgrade
27 February 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Cabaret Balkan" comes at you like fangs on a snapping Doberman with is finely tuned and well crafted display of anger. An apparent cry of despair for the current social, economic, and political state of the Balkans, an open and festering wound on the face of the world, "Cabaret Balkan" actually shows little violence and almost no gore. What is does show is nonstop rage. A "Magnolia-esque" format with numerous characters in unrelated situations in lieu of a homogenous story, "Cabaret Balkan" trades plot for purpose and substance for effect. However, its sheer drama, the power of its performances, and the superb acting by a relatively unknown cast make this film pound-for-pound and dollar-for-dollar more powerful, gripping, and compelling than anything to come out of Hollywood in recent years.


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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Language:

Serbian

Release Date:

1 August 1998 (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Powder Keg See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,774, 25 July 1999

Gross USA:

$108,103
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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