Production year: 1961
Duration: 114 minuta
Technique: 35mm cinemascope, black and white
After WW II, the Yugoslavian government tries to industrialize the country in a short time. A large number of people - peasants, workers, prostitutes, criminals - gather in Zenica in order to build a high furnace. The leader at the construction site is the former partisan, Šiba, who reports to the engineer, Plavšić. Among the new workers there are: a gigolo, Luka, prostitutes from Rijeka led by the experienced Riba, the young peasant Jovica, and his new girlfriend, Hajra...
Ilija Džuvalekovski (Šiba), Davor Antolić (Jovica), Milena Dravić (Hajra), Olivera Marković (Riba), Velimir Živojinović (Luka), Dragutin Felba (Šarac), Miloš Kandić (Mali), Zaim Muzaferija (Jeto), Janez Vrhovec (engineer Plavšić), Lia Rho-Barbieri, Mira Sardoč, etc.
Country of production:
National Republic of Yugoslavia (National Republic of Serbia)
This film is sort of a sequel to Bulajić’s film Vlak bez voznog reda (Train Without a Timetable), with one big difference: in this film the director deals with the topic of colonization instead of industrialization. The main characteristics of this film are diverse characters, so-called mosaic dramaturgy and diverse individual destinies representing the collective “working people” who strive towards a “better future”. Most of the critics regard Uzavreli grad one of the best works from Bulajić’s opus. The outlining of many diverse characters has been very skillfully executed and it is interesting that the director did not ignore the so-called grey zones of society; he rather realistically portrayed prostitutes and criminals. The most interesting character in this film is Riba, an individual with an almost feminist attitude, towards whom Bulajić has an affirmative as well as critical relationship.
Awards: Pula 61' - Great Golden Arena for Best film (together with Baladom o trubi i )
Golden Arena for screenplay
Special jury’s diploma to Zaim Muzaferija, amateur actor
Screening permit: from July 20, 1961
Export: Hungary, Seychelles, Algiers
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