Museum of the Revolution

November, 2021
Video Duration
91 min.

“Engrossing” — The New York Times

“Wondrous” — Senses of Cinema

“Observational cinema at its best” — POV Magazine

“Incredibly intimate, patient and formally ambitious… unlike anything we’ve ever seen” — Jury Statement, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

“The wind got up in the night and took our plans away,” reads the proverb in the opening titles of Museum of the Revolution. The words are a reference to the 1961 plan to build a grand museum in Belgrade as a tribute to Socialist Yugoslavia. Meant to “safeguard the truth” about the Yugoslav people, the plan never got beyond the construction of the basement.

The derelict building now tells a very different story from the one envisioned by the initiators 60 years ago. In the damp, pitch-dark space live the outcasts of a society reshaped by capitalism. The film focuses on a girl who earns cash on the street by cleaning car windows with her mother. The girl has a close friendship with an old woman who also lives in the basement. Against the background of a transforming city, the three women find refuge in each other.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings
  • IDFA 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Official Selection - Nominated for Best First Feature
  • Human Rights Film Festival 2021, Zagreb, Croatia - Opening film
  • Trieste Film Festival 2022 - Documentary Competition, Trieste, Italy
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival 2022 - Documentary Competition, Linz, Austria
  • HotDocs 2022 - World Showcase, Toronto, Canada
  • Jean Rouch Film Festival 2022 - Competition, Paris, France
  • Beldocs 2022, Belgrade, Serbia - Award for Best Cinematography
  • Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (FICG) 2022 - Panorama Documental, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2022, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary
  • Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers’ Film Festival 2022 - Documentary Competition, Bitola, Macedonia
  • Liburnia Film Festival 2022 - Out of Competition, Opatija, Croatia
  • AJB DOC Film Festival 2022 - Last Minute Cinema, Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sofia Documental 2022 - Power of the Image Program, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • DOCK Film Festival 2022 - Competition, Burgas, Bulgaria
  • Mediterranean Film Festival 2022 - Competition - Feature Length, Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • MIRAGE Art of the Real Festival 2022 - Official Selection, Oslo, Norway
  • Ji.hlava IDFF 2022 - Constellations (Best of Fests), Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • Windsor International Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection, Windsor, Canada
  • Escales Documentaires 2022 - Official Selection - Competition, La Rochelle, France
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival 2022 - DOCA (Documentary Association Georgia) curated programme, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Big Sky Documentary Festival 2023, Missoula, Montana - Best Feature Award
  • Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival 2023, Belgrade, Serbia - Best Feature Documentary
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