The aged rocker Igor works as a journalist and DJ at the “Radio Študent” in Ljubljana. He notices that the janitor Miha works for the police, tapping the walls and observing the journalists who are critical of the regime. After a clash with his editor, Igor decides to leave for Greece by his old bike DKW from 1938, via Bosnia and Serbia. Young Rahela joins him on the trip. Traveling through Yugoslavia, Igor becomes involved in unexpected turmoil: Milosevic’s “antibureaucratic revolution” starts in Serbia and Vojvodina. There are populistic gatherings supporting new Milosevic’s policy of “Serbian union” and “preservation of Yugoslavia.” Igor witnesses a few of these gatherings, seeing them as retrograde theatrical performances with the stage design dating from the time immediately after the Second World War. The stage design has nothing to do with “brotherhood and unity” anymore, but rather with fragmentation of Yugoslavia into national neo-feudal dwarf states. —zilnikzelimir.net
ZELIMIR ZILNIK (born in 1942; living and working in Novi Sad, Serbia) has written and directed numerous feature and documentary films which have reaped many awards at domestic and international film festivals. From the very beginning his films have focussed on contemporary issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life, starting with: A Newsreel on Village Youth in Winter (1967), The Unemployed (1968) and June Turmoil (1969), among others. The student demonstrations of 1968 are at the centre of Žilnik’s first feature film Early Works (1969) which was awarded the “Golden Bear” at the Berlin Film Festival. After facing problems with censorship in Yugoslavia while working on his next feature film Freedom or Cartoons (filmed in 1972, never finished), Žilnik spent the mid-seventies in Germany, where he independently produced and made seven documentaries and one feature film, Paradise (1976).
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