Movie Octoberfest (1987.)

101 min

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A young romantic and his unemployed friends hang around in usual youthful meeting places, living on the edge of society. Pressed down with the memory of a set up in which he lost his passport, he dreams of leaving his current circumstances and starting anew in a new environment.

1987.

101 min

FULL HD

Serbia

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Drama

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Octoberfest

Dragan Kresoja has been an assistant and assistant director in some thirty films and even in spectacles such as Battle of the Neretva (Bitka na Neretvi), Republic of Užice (Užička republika) and Time of the Gypsies (Dom za vješanje). At the same time, Kresoja developed an interesting film directing career that began with a promising crime drama Just Once More (Još ovaj put, 1983) starring Aleksandar Berček, Velimir Bata Živojinović and Vladica Milosavljević. Octoberfest (Oktoberfest, 1987) is his third movie, based on the Branko Dimitrijević’s novel of the same name, which prophetically deals with the “lost” generation, which will remain equally “lost” in the 1990s, and possibly longer. The main character of the film is Luka Banjanin (Svetislav Goncić), a graduate who lives with his parents in Belgrade on Banovo Brdo, always in the same company, young people without perspective as he is. For some reason, Luka believes that his life will change if he visits the traditional Munich Oktoberfest; however, there is no chance for him to do that because they took away his passport; when he was returning from a student trip, he was found with drugs that were not his at all. They almost convinced him that he could be happy he didn’t end up in prison. Luka plays the saxophone, he has his dream, but it’s clear to everyone, especially to the viewer, that none of this will come true. The film was premiered at the Pula Film Festival, but the competition was too strong for it to win a major prize (Goran Marković’s psychological horror/drama film Reflections (Već viđeno) won that year the Golden Arena for supporting role (Vesna Trivalić) and a special diploma, also for supporting role (Ružica Sokić). However, Krasoja  received satisfaction at the Moscow International Film Festival, where his movie was accepted into the official program. Kresoja was killed in 1996 with his son in a helicopter crash while filming the statue at Kalemegdan. He was only 50 years old. Author: Nenad Polimac

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