Monument to Michael Jackson

Written and directed by Darko Lungulov

Feature film, 2014, 95′

In a dying town in Serbia, an old communist-era monument is removed from the Square. Marko, daydreamer, is on the verge of divorce from the love of his life, Ljubinka. She is disappointed in him and the life in Serbian small-town. Out of despair, Marko comes up with the idea to replace the communist-era statue with a monument to Michael Jackson in order to save his dying town and seduce his wife again. Marko convinces his close friends to help him. But the town’s mayor has his own plans and uses right-wing group “Clean Serbia” to crash Marko’s dream. Desperate, Marko falsifies Michael Jackson’s letter and convinces the mayor and everybody else that Jackson will come to the monument’s unveiling. The town is now revitalised and its citizens full of hope while Marko regains the love of his wife. On the big day, the insane turn of events unexpectedly leads to the fulfilment of Marko’s plan, but in an absurd and darkly ironic fashion.

Producers Snežana Penev, Darko Lungulov
Production Papa Films (RS)
Coproducers Boris T. Matić, Katja Siegel, Julia Kleinhenz, Felix Eisele, Bernard Stegmann, Ognen Antomov, Aneta Lešnikovska
Coproduction Propeler Film (HR), Penrose Film (DE), aka Film (MK), Dream Factory (MK)
Cast Boris Milivojević, Nataša Solak Tapušković, Dragan Bjelogrlić, Mirjana Karanović
Director of photography Mathias Schöningh
Editors Dejan Urošević, Marin Juranić, Filip Dedić
Production design Kiril Spaseski
Costume design Zora Mojsilović
Sound design Hrvoje Štefotić
Composer Dejan Pejović
International sales Films Boutique

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Festivals and awards

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014
Raindance Film Festival 2014
Black Nights International Film Festival Tallin 2014
Pula Film Festival 2014
Arras International Film Festival 2014
Filmfest Hamburg 2014
Göteborg Film Festival 2014
FEST – International Film Festival Belgrade 2015
Sofia International Film Festival 2015
Santa Barbara International Film festival 2015
- Award for best easterneuropean film
Monte Carlo Film Festival 2015 - Special mention for best film
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015
Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest 2015
Cleveland International Film Festival Cleveland 2015
Fribourg International Film Festival 2015
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 2015
„Braća Manaki“ International Film Festival 2015

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