Emir Kusturica won the 1995 Palme d'Or in Cannes (his second win, following 1985's WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS) for his sprawling, tragicomic, satirical epic that chronicles a parallel "underground" history of Yugoslavia, from WWII to the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Ne'er-do-well friends Blacky and Marko are separated by WWII and the ensuing Communist era in the most outrageous of ways: Marko becomes a high-ranking official under Tito, while Blacky and a group of partisans hide below ground in a secret cellar, where they spend the next 20 years. They are fed disinformation by Marko and employed by him as weapons manufacturers—believing that the war for liberation against Germany rages on above ground. DIR/SCR Emir Kusturica; SCR Dušan Kovačević; PROD Pierre Spengler. Yugoslavia/France/Germany/Bulgaria/Czech Republic/Hungary/UK/U.S., 1995, color, 170 min. In English, Serbian, German, French and Russian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.