Archive Cinema City 2010.

The Tough One


Genre: Drama
Country: Jugoslavia, Serbia
Year: 1968
Duration: 92 min

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

Cast: Bora Todorović, Dragana Kalaba, Jovan Janićijević, Ljuba Tadić, Ljubomir Ćipranić, Mira Stupica, Petar Lupa, Danilo (Bata) Stojković, Dušan Janićijević, Ljerka Draženović, Ljubica Janićijević, Mihajlo Ilić, Mirjana Vacić, Rade Marković

Programme selection: Retrospective of a Domestic Author


The war wind has passed, leaving permanent distortions in human minds. Two brothers, tough warriors, return after the liberation in their village, burnt and deserted. They confess to each other they brought machine guns along from the war, as a trophy. And again, back to shooting, the game they know and love. A German with distorted mind, who was left behind in rocky grounds after the village destruction, joins them. The three of them die in that crazy game.


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.