State of the Dead

About movie

THE STATE OF THE DEAD - A story about a Slovene, sergeant major Janez Kranjec, who, after Slovenia's secession from Yugoslavia, leaves his native region despite the fact that he had been offered the rank of captain in the Slovenian army.

He retreats with the Yugoslav People's Army, and arrives with his family to Belgrade. With his Macedonian wife, ten year-old twin girls and a twenty year-old son he is given a room at a bachelors' hotel. They are later joined by the eldest daughter who is pregnant and married to a Serb soldier who stays in Bosnia to fight with his people. Janez's drama turns into a tragedy. He is suddenly pensioned off. His wife, sick of nostalgia for the one time happy days, becomes bacterophobic.

His son is driven into crime, and the twin girls withdraw into a world of their own. Only the eldest daughter does not recognize defeat and takes care of her father, and the newborn child. The retired sergeant major finds a job as a doorkeeper at a Belgrade restaurant. Again in uniform, he opens and closes the doors of automobiles putting his hand out for a tip.

As if begging.

 

The Crew

Producer: ZOJA TODORIĆ

Coproducer: MAKSA ĆATOVIĆ

Based on play JANEZ, by SINIŠA KOVAČEVIĆ

Director: ŽIVOJIN PAVLOVIĆ

Screenplay: SINIŠA KOVAČEVIĆ, ŽIVOJIN PAVLOVIĆ

Director of photography: ALEKSANDAR PETKOVIĆ

Director of final cut: DINKO TUCAKOVIĆ

Editor: LANA VUKOBRATOVIĆ

Set designer: MIODRAG MIŠA MIRIĆ

Costume designer: JASMINA SANADER

Music: KORNELIJE KOVAČ

Mask: STANISLAVA ZARIĆ

Sound: ALEKSANDAR SIMEONOV

Sound editor: DRAGOSLAV CENERIĆ

Director assistant: RATIBORKA ĆERAMILAC, VUK PAVLOVIĆ, LJUBIŠA NOVAKOVIĆ

The Cast


Janez - RADKO POLIČ

Gorazd/Goran - NEBOJŠA GLOGOVAC

Ristana - KATINA IVANOVA

Tatjana - MILENA PAVLOVIĆ

Ruzica - ELIZABETA POPOVIĆ

Živojin Pavlović

Writer and film director. Born in Šabac on April 15th, 1933. At the age of 19, he began writing about film and art for Belgrade newspapers and magazines. He graduated in painting from the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade. At the age of 25, he directed his first amateur movie LJUBA POPOVIC in 1958. Three years later, he finished his first professional movie ŽIVE VODE (Living Water) from the omnibus KAPI, VODE, RATNICI (Drops, Water, Warriors, 1962). For this film Pavlovic received the first of his many awards (a Special

Jury Prize from the Pula Film Festival). At 33, he received his first international festival prize, the Film Critics Prize at the Carthaga Festival in 1965 for the film NEPRIJATLJ (The Enemy). He published his first collection of stories at the age of 30, KRIVUDAVA REKA (Winding River, 1963). His first novel LUTKE (Dolls, 1965) was published when he was 32 years old. Pavlovic won the first of numerous awards for creative writing (the Isidora Sekulic Prize) in 1967. Živojin Pavlovic was a Professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.

Some of Živojin Pavlovic's awarded films are: NEPRIJATELJ (The Enemy, 1965) Golden Mask of International Young Critics at the First Mediterranean Film Festival in Carthage, BUDJENJE PACOVA (The Rats Wake Up, 1967) Silver Bear for directing at the Berlin International Film Festival and The Golden Arena at The Pula Film Festival, KAD BUDEM MRTAV I BEO (When I Am Dead and White, 1968) First prize for Best Film at the International Festival in Karlovy Vari, The Golden Arena at The Pula Film Festival and the award at The European Film Panorama in Athens on the occasion of the centennial of cinematography, Golden Medal in Avellino. ZASEDA (The Ambush, 1969) Golden Lion at The International Film festival in Venice, CRVENO KLASJE (Red Ears of Wheat, 1970) Golden Charter for a screenplay based on a literary work at the Berlin International Film Festival, HAJKA (The Chase, 1977) Grand Golden Arena at The Pula Yugoslav Film Festival, ZADAH TELA (Body Odor, 1983) Grand Golden Arena at the Pula Yugoslav Film Festival, NA PUTU ZA KATANGU (On the Road to Catanga, 1987) The Golden Gladiator, DEZERTER (Deserter, 1992) Golden Olive for the Best Film at the Festival of Mediterranean Film in Bastia, Corsica.

Spotlights on the work of Živojin Pavlovic were organized in Pezaro (1983), La Rochelle (1985), Paris (1986, 1990), Montpellier (1990) and Strasbourg (1991). Živojin Pavlovic made 15 movies and wrote 32 books.

He died November 29th, 1998.

Filmography of Živojin Pavlović

  • 1958 LJUBA POPOVIĆ, cm, director
  • 1959 VOZ 4686 (Train 4686), cm, director, screenplay i camera
  • 1960 TRIPTIH O MATERIJI I SMRTI (Triptych on Matter and Death), cm, director, scenarista and co-editor
  • 1961 LAVIRINT (The Labyrinth), cm, director and screenplay
  • 1962 ŽIVE VODE (Living Water), director and screenplay in omnibus Kapi, vode, ratnici (Drops, Water, Warriors)
  • 1963 OBRUč (Encirclement), director and screenplay in omnibus Grad
  • 1965 NEPRIJATELJ (The Enemy), director and screenplay
  • 1966 POVRATAK (The Return), director
  • 1967 BUĐENJE PACOVA (The Rats Wake Up), director
  • 1967 KAD BUDEM MRTAV I BEO (When I am Dead and White), director
  • 1969 ZASEDA (The Ambush), director and screenplay
  • 1970 CRVENO KLASJE(Red Ears of Wheat), director and screenplay
  • 1971 OPKLADA (The Bet), director
  • 1972 TRAGOVI CRNE DEVOJKE (Traces of the Dark Girl), screenplay
  • 1972 RATNIčKI TALENAT, (The Warrior's Talent), TV screenplay
  • 1973 LET MRTVE PTICE (The Flight of the Dead Bird), director
  • 1975 PESMA (Poem), director and TV version
  • 1977 HAJKA (The Chase), director and screenplay
  • 1980 DOVIĐENJA U SLEDEĆEM RATU (Good bye until the Next war), director i screenplay
  • 1983 ZADAH TELA (Body Odour), director and screenplay
  • 1986 BRADA (The Beard), TV screenplay
  • 1987 NA PUTU ZA KATANGU (On the Road to Catanga), director
  • 1992 DEZERTER (The Deserter), director and screenplay
  • 1997 2000 DRŽAVA MRTVIH, aka Janez, (The State of the Dead, aka Janez), director and screenplay

 

Dinko Tucaković

Born 07.06.1960. Zenica (Bosnia, ex SFR Yugoslavia). He has finished grammar school in Sarajevo (1978), and Faculty of dramatic arts in Belgrade (1984) group for film and TV directing. Film theorist and critic, wrote for all main Yugoslav magazines, and POSITIFF and SIGHT AND SOUND as well. Author of the several film books, TAJNI ŽIVOT FILMA (The Secret Life Of Film), 1993; STRANCI U RAJU (Strangers in Paradise), 1998... Has worked as a selector of the several national film festivals, member of the juries FIPRESCI in Annecy, Vienna and Cannes 2000.

His films has attended international film festivals, BERENICE (Madrid), SIX DAYS IN JUNE (Selb), THE LETTER (Berlin)... He has won several prizes on national film festivals.

Programming director of Yugoslav Film Archives (Jugoslovenska kinoteka). Chair of the Board of the FEST (Belgrade International Film Festival). Works as film critic for the magazine VREME (The Times) Belgrade.

Filmography of Dinko Tucaković

  • 1979 BLIŽE I DALJE (Faraway but so Close), 16mm, 6min
  • 1980 ISIJAVANJE (Bursting Out), 16mm, 10 min
  • 1981 PIKNIK (Picnic), 35mm, 12 min
  • 1983 DRUGI KRUG (Second Circle), 16mm, 17 min
  • 1984 ŽEST DANA JUNA (Six Days in June), 35mm, 92 min
  • 1985 JOHN A. ALONSO - Made in Yugoslavia, 16mm, 14 min
  • 1991 ANRI ALEKAN U BEOGRADU (Henri Alekan in Belgrade), Beta, 29 min
  • 1992 BERNISA (Berenice), 35mm, 17 min
  • 1992 VILMOŠ ŽIGMOND (Vilmos Zsigmond - Portrait), Beta, 29 min
  • 1996 PISMO (The Letter), 35mm, 7 min
  • 1999 BELGRADE TAGEBUCH (Beogradski dnevnik), GER, Beta, 60 min

Assistent director:

  • 1986 DIE VERLIEBTEN (Ljubavnici), GER-YU, Jeanine Meerapfel
  • 1986 IL COLPO (Greška), ITA, Sauro Scavollini
  • 1995 ULYSSES GAZE (Odisejev pogled), FRA-GRE-ITA, Theo Angelopoulos

 

Also has done more than 100 programs for TV and around 30 clips for Yugoslav R`n`R bands. His recent film BELGRADER TAGEBUCH (GER 1999) has been last year Venice International Film Festival entry (Mostra 1999). Also participate festivals in Cologne, Trieste, Sardegna, Ljubljana...