Archive Cinema City 2013.

Early Works

Rani radovi

Country: Yugoslavia
Year: 1969
Duration: 87 min

Director: Zelimir Zilnik, Branko Vucicevic
Scenario: Zelimir Zilnik

Cast: Milja Vujanovic, Bogdan Tirnanic, Cedomir Radovic, Marko Nikolic, Slobodan Aligrudic

Programme selection: Respect to Zelimir Zilnik


In an allegoric manner “Early Works” recount a story of young people who took part in student demonstrations in June 1968 in Belgrade. Three young men and a girl, Yugoslava, defy the petit-bourgeois routine of everyday life. Wishing to “change the world”, inspired by the writings of young Karl Marx, they go to the country and to factories to “wake up people’s consciousness”, to encourage them in their fight for emancipation and life worth living. Being in field they face primitivism and squalor, but they show their own limits, weaknesses, incapacity and jealousy. They get arrested. Frustrated because the planned revolution has not been realised, the three young men decide to eliminate Yugoslava, who is the witness of their impotence. They shoot her, cover her with the party flag, burn her body and a dark pillar of smoke going up into the sky is the only thing that remains of the intended revolution.

Zelimir Zilnik (born 1942, based in Novi Sad, Serbia)

From the late 60s, his socially engaged films and documentaries in former Yugoslavia earned him critical accolades but also censorship in the 70s for his unflinching criticism of the government apparatus.

Low budget filmmaking and challenging political themes mark Zilnik’s prolific career that includes over 50 feature and documentary films and shorts.