Synopsis: The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Director(s): Emir Kusturica
Production: CiBy 2000
  6 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
167 min

To our fathers

and their children...

Once upon a time,

there was a country...

and its capital was Belgrade.

April 6, 1941...

I'll kill them, my friend!

Careful, my friend!

I'll kill them!

Don't, it's dangerous!

Ivan, my brother!

The Vice-President spoke

of increased cooperation

between the two nations

of Yugoslavia.

That's my brother...

and his best friend, Blacky!

Hooligans! Hooligans!

What can I do?

They're all I... have.


Come in for a cup of coffee.

Impossible, man, I'm in a hurry!

My friend's tired!

I'm tired...

I'll buy you lunch tomorrow

at "The Russian Tsar"!

Get off that horse

and get in the house!

Vera, I'm a free man, you hear?

A free man?

You're kidding!

Damn it!

Vera, I have something important

to tell you.



Don't be angry...

We enrolled Petar

in the Communist Party.

A whore-house rather!

He's one of us now.

Get inside!

Okay, just one last word

to my friend.

Get inside.

I have to sort things out with him.

See who I have to live with!

I love you.

Let me kiss you.

Not on the lips, fucker!


Get in the house!

She's like this every morning!

I'll leave you,

just like Marko's wife left him.

I'm a free man...

Eenie, meenie, minie, mo...

Part One - The War

In the attic,

a small apartment...

On the wall...

Looloo... Breakfast!

A small clock on the wall...

Is ticking... tick-tock...

In the attic... an apartment...

Does your mother obey you?


That's it! Do it! Go on!

- Let go!

- The best is yet to come!


Fucking fascist motherfuckers!

How can you keep eating?

I can and that's that.

How can you,

with all these bombs?

Out of spite!

You want me to die hungry?

My shoes!

Not my shoes!

You fat horse!

I've had enough.

That does it!

They're bombing my city!

Raiding my city!

My own city!

Where are you going, Blacky?

To "greet" the fucking criminals

who've come to destroy my city!

- I know where you're going!

- You do?

I know!

To see that whore!

What whore?

You're crazy, you really are.

That actress.


I'm defending my country!

- Don't lie!

- Vera!

You're defending that whore!

God, it's impossible to have

a serious talk with you!

What are you saying?

You get on my nerves!

Here it is!

I'm saying what the whole town

is saying.

What is it, my love?

You never leave that theatre!

You're in that theatre every night.

I know, I love the theatre.

You love the theatre?

You love the theatre!

So? What's so strange about that?

You love that whore, not the theatre!

If you weren't pregnant...

You'd what?

You lying creep!

- Me?

- Yes, you!

You, you scum!

What is it? What?

Shame on you, Vera!


What's happening?

Don't cry!

I'll build you a new zoo.

Come on...


Get lost!

The survivors will be eaten,

can't you see?

Here's some money.

Buy some milk for the baby monkey.

Come on, stop crying.

The Germans will make fun of you.

National Theatre


Working hard, artists?

You bet!

Bato, sweets!

Uncle Blacky!

Are you avoiding me?

Let's not play games.

You're dead right!

What do you mean?

You know very well

what I mean!

No, I don't.

I don't!

You want me and Bato

in a prison camp?


The whole city is talking about it.

You thief!


What's the town saying?

Don't try to act stupid.

You steal people's gold and money.

You steal!

I only steal from the rich...

what they stole from the poor!

- Stop it...

- You stop it!

Working hard?

Do you love me?

Well, yes.

Come on, give me a kiss!

You love me!

I've been looking for you for days.

I'm scared.

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Emir Kusturica

Emir Kusturica (Serbian Cyrillic: Емир Кустурица, born 24 November 1954) is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician. He has been recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films, as well as his projects in town-building. He has competed at the Cannes Film Festival on five occasions and won the Palme d'Or twice (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground), as well as the Best Director prize for Time of the Gypsies. He has also won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Arizona Dream and a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Black Cat, White Cat. In addition he was also named Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.Since the mid-2000s, Kusturica's primary residence has been in Drvengrad, a town built for his film Life Is a Miracle, in the Mokra Gora region of Serbia. He had portions of the historic village reconstructed for the film. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republika Srpska since 9 November 2011. more…

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