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Director Emir Kusturica
Original title Bife “Titanik”
Release 1979
Original language Serbo-Croatian
Length 1h
Music Zoran Simjanović
Script Jan Beran & Emir Kusturica, based on a novel of Ivo Andrić
Photography Vilko Filać



Based on a novel of Ivo Andrić, Titanic is the name of the bar of Mento Papo, a Jew from Sarajevo. The only link with the Transatlantic is a picture of the boat on the wall. Mento's poor life flows accordingly to clients' jokes, the drinks, the gambling room, and the figths with his girlfriend… The story is set during the Second World War, and when the news of the war arrive in Bosnia, Mento Papo is not ready, contraryly to his Catholic girlfriend, who already prepared her bagage to flee. Then comes Stjepan, a poor Muslim who joined Ustachis, the infamous army of the “collaborationists”. Stjepan is a character quite as loosy as Mento, except that it's him who carries the uniform and the weapon. But despite to what he hoped, this doesn't give him the expected “status”. Willing also to take his share of the cake, he seeks a Jew to spoil, and not finding anything at Mento's, he kills him out of rage. Realizing wh was Mento Papo, Stjepan understand that he was more the reflection of his own image than his oponent.


A title of the soundtrack can be found on a compilation of Zoran Simjanović :


CountryFormat audio languages subtitle languages Buy online Description
Russia DVD Z5 PAL serbian, russianrussian


This story is deep, complex and was quite taboo at the time. It highlights for the first time the clashes in the ethnic groups of Yugoslavia.

Extract from the story, when the bar of Mento was still open and that the first worrying news of the Nazi Germany were arriving : ”… For them, all these news were only pretexts to make fun of Mento. We joke much more in Bosnia, that the foreigner could possibly believe if he looked at the country by the windows of a train. But the joke is heavy and hard ; without joy, if one can say; overpowering for who makes the expense of it, it shows that its author does not have either an easy life.

The story of Ivo Andrić was written during the Second World War, the film of Emir Kusturica was released in 1980. They are today more than ever of topicality.

Concerning the style, we already find in this film the Emir Kusturica's touch , like :

Since the film was never released on DVD nor tape (outside Russia), here is a link to view it :