Archive Cinema City 2010.

The Man From The Oak Forest

Čovek iz hrastove šume

Genre: Drama
Country: Jugoslavia, Serbia
Year: 1964
Duration: 87 min

Director: Miodrag (Mića) Popović
Scenario: Miodrag (Mića) Popović

Cast: Aleksandar Stojković, Mija Aleksić, Tamara Marković-Miletić, Zoran Jerković, Ksenija Čonić, Predrag Ćeramilac, Velimir (Bata) Živojinović

Programme selection: Retrospective of a Domestic Author


Once a servant, a lonely herdsman in the mountain, in times of ruffians and murderer occupation - Maksim, in the name of dark political conceptions, is terrorizing a few villages in an isolated mountain area. Under the black-marketeer disguise, a city woman keeps constant contact between the town and the mountain village and organizes a resistance movement. Falling in love with her by chance, Maksim imagines that city woman wants gold, and assigns five times more job to a murderer in order to get the money. Maksim's accomplice - Maksim the boy, discovers the woman's role. Maksim the murderer goes to town to get his revenge. Lonely man Maksim dies in crossfire.


Mića Popović was born on 12 June 1923 in Loznica. He finished grammar school in Belgrade. After the Second World War, most of which he spent in Belgrade working at odd jobs, he enrolled the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1946, in the class taught by Ivan Tabaković. Together with Bata Mihajlović, Petar Omčikus, Mileta Andrejević, Ljubinka Jovanović, Kosara Bokšan, and Vera Božicković, he went to Zadar in 1947 and formed the famous "Zadar group". After returning to Belgrade, they were forbidden to return to their university studies, as the authorities viewed the work of the Zadar group as subversive, but sometime later, they were all allowed to return except for Popović, who continued to study on his own, with the help of Tabaković.

As a painter, Popović is best known for his informel period (1958-1968) and his "Scenes Painting" (slikarstvo prizora) (from 1968). Among the Scenes Paintings, the most famous may be "May 1, 1985," which memorialized events surrounding an alleged attack on a farmer in Kosovo named Đorđe Martinović.

He also made several films in the 1960s, two of which ("Čovek iz hrastove šume" and "Delije") were banned by the government for their unacceptable content.

Mića Popović was elected a regular member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1986.