East Silver Caravan’s Cinema Komunisto presents a deep insight not only into the film history of former Yugoslavia, but offers unique look at the era of Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito and the country’s history, which is written in its films. Cinema Komunisto proved its quality as illustrates the award for the Best documentary film at Trieste Film Festival.
The FOCAL International Awards are divided into several categories based on the used footage (i.e. sport, wildlife or music footage), but also by the use of footage on non-television platforms or cinema releases.
FOCAL International was formed in 1985 as an international, non-profit professional trade association, that represents footage archives, commercial film/audiovisual, stills and sound libraries as well as interested individuals such as facility houses, professional film researchers and producers working in the industry.
FOCAL International Awards
Ceremony on 11th May, 2011
Cinema Komunisto, Serbia, 2010, 100 min, Digi Beta, HD, Arts and Culture, Creative, History, Politics, Society
When reality has a different script from the one in your films, who wouldn't invent a country to fool themselves? Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, as well as never-seen-before archive from film sets and Tito’s private screenings, the documentary recreates the narrative of a country, the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. Stars such as Richard Burton, Sofia Loren and Orson Welles add a touch of glamour to the national effort, appearing in super-productions financed by the state. Tito’s favorite film director, his projectionist who showed him films every night for 30 years, the most famous actor of partisan films, and the director of the film studios who was a secret policeman – all tell how the history of Yugoslavia was constructed on the screen.
Moje Perestrojka, United Kingdom, USA, 2010, 87 min, Beta, History, Society
"My Perestroika" follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.