Arlecchino Cinema > 11:00

Bunt na kuklite/TRI


Sunday 03/07/2022


Original version with subtitles


Film Notes

A wonderfully playful and symbolic manifestation of the spirit of childhood can be found in Dimitrie Osmanli’s short fiction debut. The film follows a little girl with her doll who meets a neighbourhood boy with his tank; after her doll is damaged we are invited into a surreal dream where dolls rise up against the boy and their face resembles the little girl he hurt. The rebellion of the dolls signifies a rebellion against the boy’s malice and essentially against his refusal to be like a child. The dream yields fruit: on waking up, the boy, grateful to be alive, has joy restored in his heart and runs to makes amends with the little girl. Bunt na kuklite renders the concept of rebellion as an internal event: an uprising of the conscience against the spirit of cruelty and disobedience and as a lesson to the little boy shows true conscience restored in the spirit of gentleness. Dimitrie Osmanli here directed one of the most original shorts in Yugoslav cinema and he would go on to make his mark in feature films.

Mina Radović

Cast and Credits

Scen.: Ljube Petkovski. F.: Ljube Petkovski. M.: Dragi Pankov. Scgf.: Vasilije Popović Cico. Mus.: Ladislav Palfi. Int.: Emil Ruben, Snežana Velkova, Cvetanka Šulevska, Miodrag Jovanović, Aleksandar Šukarev. Prod.: Vardar Film. DCP. D.: 19’. Bn.


Film Notes

Aleksandar Petrović is a household name and for good reason he remains one of the most beloved directors in the history of Serbian and Yugoslav cinema. A man of indefatigable character and perceptive feeling, he had a wondrous eye for detail and a unique ability to detect the inner life of people and express them through cinematography and music, all the while preserving the integrity of experience. His films confidently combine measure and spontaneity as he weaves a story visually on to the screen. Petrović was able to show the worst of sorrows but with an undefeated, vivid sense of goodwill. Portraying the plights of people and places that were rarely portrayed on screen, he showed the bustling life of rural (as well as urban) locales, the ecclesiastical life of communities in times when portrayals of the Church were uncommon, and the tribulations of Roma people, with whom he felt intimately connected. Aleksandar Petrović is both the ultimate classical master and the most refreshing innovator. Many of his trademark characteristics meet in the powerful drama Tri, which takes the form of a triptych, with stories set at the beginning, middle and the end of the Second World War. In the first, a young student arrives at a rural train station only to behold the execution of an innocent man. In the second, a partisan and his mate are hunted by German military through the mountains of Yugoslavia. In the third, an officer in a local village meets the eyes of a woman sentenced for execution. The questions of human conscience, agency, and action in the face of death are raised in compelling ways. With all three roles played by the legendary actor Velimir ‘Bata’ Živojinović, and the stories shot by master cinematographer Tomislav Pinter, Tri is a landmark of the New Yugoslav Film. A standout at Karlovy Vary and nominee at the Academy Awards, it remains a perfect introduction to Yugoslav cinema.

Mina Radović

Cast and Credits

Scen.: Aleksandar Petrović, Antonije Isaković. F.: Tomislav Pinter. M.: Mirjana Mitić. Scgf.: Nikola Rajić, Vladislav Lasic. Int.: Velimir ‘Bata’ Živojinović (Miloš Bojanić), Ali Raner (Mladić), Slobodan Perović (uomo senza documenti), Branislav Jerinić (comandante della pattuglia), Senka Petrović (ragazza), Vojislav Mirić (partigiano), Mica Tomić (provocatore in attesa del treno), Kole Angelovski (recluta in attesa del treno). Prod.: Petar Šobajić per Avala Film. DCP. D.: 80’. Bn.