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Cabaret Balkan (1998)

Bure baruta (original title)
Random Belgrade citizens interact with each other in a night full of crime, frustration, betrayal and revenge.

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Goran Paskaljevic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandar Bercek ... Dimitri, the Crippled Ex-Cop from the Local Cafe
Vojislav 'Voja' Brajovic ... Topi, the Ex-Student Revolutionary Trafficker (as Vojislav Brajovic)
Bogdan Diklic ... John, the VW Driver
Nebojsa Glogovac ... The Chain-Smoking Taxi Driver
Mirjana Jokovic ... Ana, the 'Flirt' on the Bus, George's Girlfriend
Mirjana Karanovic ... Natalia, Mane's Ex-Fiancee
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Mane (Michael), the Homecoming Man (as Predrag-Miki Manojlovic)
Toni Mihajlovski ... George, the Eternal Culprit, Ana's Boyfriend
Nebojsa Milovanovic ... The Bosnian Serb Son Who Doesn't Want to End Up Like His Father
Dragan Nikolic ... John's Boxer Friend
Lazar Ristovski ... The Boxer Who Takes the Train
Nikola Ristanovski ... Boris, the Esoteric Cabaret Artist
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... The Desperate Young Woman on the Train
Sergej Trifunovic ... The Young Man Chewing Gum Who Takes the Bus Hostage
Mira Banjac ... The Bosnian Serb Mother
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Storyline

In Beograd, mid-1990s, 20 people's paths crisscross one night in rage and theater. A callow youth dents a car; its owner hunts him down and trashes his father's flat. Michael, back from abroad, hopes to reclaim Natalia; her new, younger lover seems outclassed. A Bosnian drives a bus to eke out subsistence; his son works the Black Market for a sadist. A cabby buys drinks for a cop he crippled in revenge. Swarthy friends at a gym confess betrayals of each other; violence erupts, then one menaces a woman on a train. Another young woman, traumatized when a knife-wielding youth commandeers her bus, calls for help and ends up with a gun at her head. It's a cabaret macabre. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including an act of sexual assault, strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Language:

Serbian

Release Date:

1 August 1998 (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Powder Keg See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,774, 25 July 1999

Gross USA:

$108,103
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Serbia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 71st Academy Awards in 1999. See more »


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Fanfare / Duvacki
Orkestar 'Oluja' Sinisa Stankovica
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A Night in a City Without Law
16 April 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In one night the 1990s, in Beograd, many violent acts happen almost simultaneously, having as a `touching point' linking all of them the presence of a cab driver. A car crash, a vengeance against a former policeman, a harsh dialog between two boxers friends, a paranoid man in a bus, the anger of a lover against the former passion of his mate, the jealousy of a boy friend, all of these feelings are the motive for an outburst of violence from locals. The Brazilian title (`Powder Keg') metaphorically defines the state-of-mind of the civilian population, ready to explode in a city without law in times of war. I liked the screenplay, the direction and performance of the cast of this low budget movie. However, living in Rio de Janeiro, this black humor theme does not surprise me. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Barril de Pólvora' (`Powder Keg')


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