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The Working Class Is Off To Paradise

Documentary film about the former working class in today's Serbian transitional society. The story takes us into the everyday lives of five former employees of the industrial giants in Zrenjanin, Serbia. Created in the form of a documentary drama the film gives a fresh insight into the fates of the forgotten heroes of the working class - people, who have overcome time, the system, the transition and poverty, and whose tragic life stories are new, modern, authentic and lasting.

  • Marko Cvejić
  • Marko Cvejić
  • Marko Cvejić
  • Tom Gomizelj
  • Marija Keresteš
    Key Cast
  • Milan Simić
    Key Cast
  • Alfred Kelemen
    Key Cast
  • Branislav Odžin
    Key Cast
  • Jovica Berbakov
    Key Cast
  • Aleksandar Kalezić
    Direcotr of photography
  • Aleksandar Ljiljak
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Radnička klasa odlazi u raj
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    1 hour 18 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2017
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    10,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Marko Cvejić

Born on 1978 in Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia. Graduated in film and theater directing at the Art Academy in Novi Sad. Founder and president of the independent film production company Mandragora Film, which produced more than ten of his short and feature length films. Experienced in all aspects
of filmmaking, Cvejić is especially interested in the syncretism between documentarism and fiction, which is very noticeable as the dominant characteristic of his work. Unburdened by language, space and national identity, his films present the broad cultural diversity of the Balkans. Having been presented at many international festivals, his films have been recognized as
unique, and have received awards for it.

Selected filmography:
- Slučaj Andrije E. / The case of Andrija E. 30' (2005)
- Poema za kišu suza / Poem for the rain of tears 22' (2006)
- Radio Apokaliptiko 25' (2008)
- Priča o Janu Lenhartu / A story of Jan Lenhart 65' (2009)
- Podunavske Švabe / Danube Swabians 75' (2011)
- Tihi / Silent one 30' (2011)
- Lav s onoga svijeta / Leo from the other world 60' (2014)
- Radnička klasa odlazi u raj / The Working Class Is Off To Paradise 80' (2017)

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Director Statement

Documentary film isn’t just a genre, it’s a way of life that is based on a keen sense of taste and sight, adequate moral and ethical judgement, a need for healthy critique of society and readiness to stand up for your own decisions. In a documentary film, there is no room for compromise; it’s a mirror of reality with its own laws. I believe that art must be current according to the time in which it’s made. It must be politically active, unbribable and worthy of its position in the history of humanity. The documentary filmmaker must be a critical and active individual, motivated in his work by social movements. With my work, I try to contribute to the restoration of value criteria. Documentary film is one of the lighthouses of humanity in the 20th century – it recorded, encouraged, transformed and preserved. Without documentary film, history would be submitted to manipulation to a much greater extent and numerous key things would stay far away from the eyes of reality.