Tito and Me

Tito and Me (Serbian: Тито и ја, Tito i ja) is a 1992 Yugoslav comedy film by Serbian director Goran Marković. The film was made during one of the most difficult periods in the history of the Balkans. Its quirky humor marked the beginning of the end for the country it celebrates and mercilessly criticises at the same time.

Тито и ја
Tito i ja
Tito and me
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Directed byGoran Marković
Produced byGoran Marković
Zoran Masirević
Michel Mavros
Zoran Tasić
Written byGoran Marković
StarringDimitrije Vojnov
Lazar Ristovski
Miki Manojlović
Anica Dobra
Voja Brajović
Music byZoran Simjanović
CinematographyRadoslav Vladić
Edited bySnezana Ivanović
Distributed byKino International
Release date
1992
Running time
104 min. (United States)
118 min. (Canada)
CountryYugoslavia
LanguageSerbian

PlotEdit

The movie is set in communist-ruled Yugoslavia during the 1950s. Zoran is an overweight 10-year-old living in an overcrowded home that his parents share with his grandmother, aunt and uncle. In the early communist era of Yugoslavia, many homes were taken away from their owners in the Land Reform programs. His parents are artists, and do not get along with his aunt and uncle, who think that they are communists.

Zoran's family is opposed to Tito's rule, while little Zoran sees Tito as his personal hero. He's learned in school that Tito is the greatest man ever, and he daydreams about meeting him. One day, Zoran writes a composition called "Why I Like the President", which is judged the best of those submitted by Belgrade's schoolchildren. He wins a week's camping trip with other children of families favored by the regime, the trip's highlight being a reception at Tito's palace. His crush, Jasna, an orphan girl, also is going on this trip.

The camping trip is led by a man named Raja, who quickly seems to be insane. The trip becomes increasingly absurd, with Raja and one of older boys Kengur (kagaroo, a nickname given his height) pretend to be ghosts to scare the kids while they are staying in a historic castle.

Zoran is exposed by Raja for stealing a ring to give Jasna. He is going to be sent home on a train, and as he waits, a girl who is friendly with him walks over to his side. All of the students join, leaving only Raja and Jasna opposing him. They finish the journey and arrive at Tito's childhood home, and Zoran is asked to give a speech. He corrects his poem by saying that he in fact does love his parents more than Tito, and stating that he doesn't even like Tito that much.

The film ends with a banquet where all of the kids get to meet Tito, but Zoran is disillusioned and doesn't really care to meet him.

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ProductionEdit

Scenes depicting Hrvatsko Zagorje were filmed on Fruška Gora, in Serbia, because the War in Croatia already started when the filming took place.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nježić, Tatjana (16 November 2013). "Goran Marković: Uspeh korumpira, neuspeh čeliči" [Goran Marković: Success Corrupts, Failure Makes You Stronger]. B92. Retrieved 10 December 2014.

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