Archive Cinema City 2013.

Falsifier

Falsifikator

Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: Serbia
Year: 2013
Duration: 90 min

Director: Goran Marković
Scenario: Goran Marković

Cast: Tihomir Stanić, Branka Katić, Dušan Plavšić, Mihailo Stanić, Dragan Petrović, Sergej Trifunović, Dražen Pavlović, Goran Navojec, Momčilo Pićurić, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Haris Burina, Jernej Šugman, Svetozar Cvetković, Nataša Marković, Miodrag Krstović, Petar Mirčevski, Boris Komnenić, Bogdan Diklić, Srđan Timarov

Programme selection: National Class

Original language: Serbian
Subtitles: English

Synopsis:

Our story takes place at the end of the 1960s. This is the time of the collapse of the ideals of a more just and honourable life brought into prominence by students worldwide in the great rebellion in 1968 and of the beginning of the end of an equally grand illusion called Yugoslavia.

Anđelko is the principal of a middle school in a small Bosnian place Dubica. He believes in Yugoslavia and worships its leader Josip Broz Tito. Anđelko, however, has one serious fault: he is a forger, he makes forged school diplomas. He does not do this out of self-interest, but because he is a staunch philanthropist.

One day, a neighbour for whom Anđelko forged the leatherworking school diploma, in order to take revenge on the local veterinarian, reports to the police that this one too has Anđelko's diploma. Our hero is, therefore, forced to flee to the big city. He lives there illegally, at the harbourers of outlaws for whom he once forged diplomas. But one day, Anđelko runs into his schoolmate Suljo, who is a member of the National security. Suljo arrests Anđelko and this one ends up in jail.

The company in Anđelko's cell is various: Montenegrin Veselin is a political prisoner, fierce opponent of marshal Tito, Miljenko is an underage Croatian Ustasha, accused of planting a bomb in a Belgrade cinema, Enes is a Muslim fanatic fighting for an Islamic state, while Ljubinko is a Serb, serial killer who, for no apparent reason, killed an entire family. Anđelko, as the most educated one, takes the matter into his own hands and continues with his acts of charity.

And so, on behalf of Veselin, he writes a letter to Tito. The outcome of this, however, is not even close to the expected one: instead of being set free, Veselin is put in solitary confinement. The matter with Miljenko turns out to be even worse. Instead of helping him, Anđelko becomes an involuntary informer. The real terrorist, Miljenko's brother, is killed by the Yugoslav secret police, while Miljenko is sentenced to death.

When he finds out that he has cancer and, to top it all, that the doctor who is treating him also has one of his forged diplomas, Anđelko decides to finish his philanthropic mission before he dies and save innocent Miljenko from death. The chance for this will present itself to him when he gets released from prison. He goes to Bled and somehow manages to reach Tito. Beside themselves with frenzy over their negligence, the security shoots at Anđelko but hits Tito who is dead on the spot.

From this moment, a total forgery of everything that exists begins. The bogus Tito continues to rule Yugoslavia, while propaganda begins to falsify history. It turns out that none of the events which go back into the distant past is true, that all is nothing but forgery…