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The Powder Keg (aka Cabaret Balkan) (1998)
Bure baruta (original title)
Fiction, 102 min
 
Production countries   Former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,Greece,Turkey
Language   Serbian
Director   Goran Paskaljevic
Scriptwriters   Goran Paskaljevic, Filip David
Producer   Goran Paskaljevic
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drama, Comedy
 
   
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Bookended by a cabaret-style master of ceremonies, the film (set in February 1998, when the troubles started in Kosovo) is a stark illustration of the hell-hole that Yugoslavia has become as it follows assorted characters (some of whose paths eventually cross) during a freezing winter's night in Belgrade. A young man who accidentally bumps into another's car is assaulted at home by thugs who are happy to smash the only photograph of his dead mother; a policeman, whose body has been badly broken, faces the man who smashed him up; a desperate bruiser murders his best friend with a bottle before killing himself and a troubled girl with a grenade; a bus journey turns into a nightmare ride and, as with most other scenes, is shot through with pointless, uncontrolled violence; one harrowing scene, which includes the drowning of an estranged ex-fiancé, points to the impossibility of love...
 
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
 
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