Kino Classics proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of Emir Kustrica's UNDERGROUND, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. This edition from Kino Classics presents both the 170 minute feature film as well as the 327-minute, six-part TV version, Once Upon a Time There Was a Country.
Special features include a booklet essay by Giorgio Bertellini, author of the monograph Emir Kustrica; Shooting Days, a 1996 documentary on the making of the film; behind-the-scenes footage; interviews with the cast and crew; and the trailer.
Emir Kusturica's UNDERGROUND is a carnivalesque classic of wartime profiteering and betrayal. Marko (Miki Manojlovic´) and Blacky (Lazar Ristovski) are two suspicious characters who make their living on the black market by stealing arms to sell to the Yugoslav Partisans during WWII. They make a killing, but their relationship breaks down in the face of Natalija (Mirjana Jokovic´), an actress who bewitches them both. Their lust turns into a paranoid mania, and Marko makes the delirious decision to lock Blacky in an underground cellar, trying to convince him that the war is still going on outside, and that Blacky is safer to stay hidden, manufacturing arms there in secret (which Marko sells for a tidy profit). This outrageous deception carries on for 20 years, and the repercussions resound through the remainder of Yugoslav history.
Jeremy [Six Strings]