Another film classic restored owing to Vip Kinoteka

Belgrade, September 20th 2019 - A digital version of “Balkan Spy”, the latest film restored as part of the Vip Kinoteka project, had its first screening last night before a Belgrade audience at the Vlada Divljan Cultural Center.


The re-release of Dušan Kovačević’s masterpiece, after nearly forty years, brought together members of the cast and crew - Mira Banjac, Branka Petrić, Božidar Bota Nikolić, Milan Caci Mihajlović, Slobodan Ivetić and Milenko Jeremić.


The premiere was attended by numerous guests from the world of culture and media, who were welcomed by Jugoslav Pantelić, director of the Yugoslav Film Archive, and Dejan Turk, CEO of Vip mobile.


“Balkan Spy, directed by Dušan Kovačević and Božidar Nikolić, one of the most popular films in the region and winner of the Golden Arena at the 1984 Pula Film Festival, will now be available to audiences in the top-quality version, thanks to digital restoration“, said Jugoslav Pantelić, director of the Yugoslav Film Archive, adding: “This film satire, with memorable roles of Danilo Bata Stojković, Mira Banjac, Sonja Savić, Zvonko Lepetić, paints a credible and humorous picture of a time and, through the character of Ilija Čvorović, the archetypal “Balkan spy”, which makes this film relevant even today.“


“Vip Kinoteka is a project that keeps growing. Putting digital transformation in the service of culture, we have so far restored 12 films, the latest of which is Balkan Spy. By using modern technologies, we have made it possible for this work of art to be screened anew, so that the future generations could also enjoy the unforgettable scenes and lines that we have been retelling to this day,” said Dejan Turk, the CEO of Vip mobile and A1 Slovenia.


A post-screening performance by Dr Nele Karajlić and his band transported the audience back to the time when the film was made, reviving the atmosphere of the 80’s with evergreen hits.


The screening of Balkan Spy is a part of the second cycle of the Vip Kinoteka project. Belgrade audiences will be able to see the digitally restored version of the film in free screenings scheduled for October 3rd at 6 PM and 8:30 PM, at the auditorium of the Yugoslav Film Archive. The tickets are available at the film archive’s box office at 1, Uzun Mirkova St. Seating is limited and the maximum number of tickets is two per person.