Archive Cinema City 2015.

Monument to Michael Jackson

Spomenik Majklu Džeksonu

Genre: Black comedy
Country: Serbia, Germany, Macedonia, Croatia
Year: 2014
Duration: 95'

Director: Darko Lungulov
Scenario: Darko Lungulov

Cast: Boris Milivojević, Natasa Tapušković, Dragan Bjelogrlić, Toni Mihajlovski, Branislav Trifunović, Ljubomir Bandović, Mirjana Karanović, Srđan Miletić, Marko Janketić, Emilija Terzić, Ana Divac

Programme selection: National Class

Synopsis:


In a dying town in Serbia, an old communist-era monument is removed from the Square. Marko, daydreamer, is on the verge of divorce from the love of his life, Ljubinka. She is disappointed in him and the life in Serbian small-town. Out of despair, he comes up with the idea to replace the communist-era statue with a monument to Michael Jackson in order to save his dying town and seduce his wife again. Marko convinces his close friends to help him. But the town’s mayor has his own plans and uses right-wing group “Clean Serbia” to crash Marko’s dream.

Desperate, Marko falsifies Michael Jackson’s letter and convinces the mayor and everybody else that Jackson will come to the monument’s unveiling. The town is now revitalized and its citizens full of hope while Marko regains the love of his wife. But on the big day, the death of real Michael Jackson’s is announced without him knowing it. The group “Clean Serbia” creates the chaos. The insane turn of events unexpectedly leads to the fulfillment of Marko’s plan, but in an absurd and darkly ironic fashion.

Festivals and awards:

Santa Barbara Int. Festival, USA – best east european film; Nashville Int Festival, USA, Grand Jury Prize; Nashville International Festival, USA – best actor – Boris Milivojevic; A l’Est du Nouveau, Eastern European Film Festival, France – Grand Jury Prize; Monte Carlo Comedy Film Festival – Special recognition for the best screenplay; LET”S CEE festival 2014, Austria - Special Jury recognition; Grand Prix "Zlatna Mimoza" for the best film at Montenegro Film festival, Herceg Novi, 2014; Grand Prix NAISA, for best actor - Boris Milivojević, FIPRESCI Srbija award for the best actor - Boris Milivojević, Niš, Serbia 2014;

Selected festivals: Karlovy Vary ( East Of West Competition), Helsinki, Finska Hamburg, Antalya - Turska, Black Nights Festival, Talin - Estonia,, Goa – India, Bangalore – India, Minsk - Belarus, Trieste – Italy, Göteborg International Film Festival - Sweden
, Cleveland Int Festival, SAD, Minneapolis Int Festival, SAD


Original language: Serbian
Subtitle: English