Premiere of the digitally restored version of Dusan Makavejev’s “Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator“

The digitally restored version of “Love Affair, or The Case of the Mission Switchboard Operator” (Ljubavni slučaj ili tragedija službenice PTT), a film directed by Dusan Makavejev, premiered at the Yugoslav Film Archive as part of the “Vip Kinoteka” project. The screening also marked the one-year anniversary of the death of the famous filmmaker, in the “Makavejev” auditorium, named in his honour.

 

The 1967 “Love Affair, or The Case of the Mission Switchboard Operator” was Makavejev’s second feature-length film. Produced by “Avala film”, it is one of the most important representatives of the Black Wave cinematic movement, directed by a filmmaker who made a significant contribution to the world of cinema, both in his country and abroad. The leading roles were played by Eva Ras and Slobodan Aligrudic, and their characters’ on-screen relationship was used as a veiled criticism of the society as a whole, only appearing healthy on the surface.

 

The premiere of the digitally restored version of one of the best films of the Black Wave was preceded by a conversation on Makavejev’s opus, which showed that artists continue to live through their art. The event was attended by a large number of guests, as well as friends and former associates of Dusan Makavejev.

 

“Love Affair, or The Case of the Mission Switchboard Operator” is the fourteenth digitally restored film in the “Vip Kinoteka” project, which was developed jointly by “Vip mobile” and Yugoslav Film Archive with the aim to protect and preserve the films that marked Serbia’s cinema and were recognized as cultural goods of great importance.

 

Belgrade audiences will have the opportunity to see this film in a top-quality sound and image version in free screenings scheduled for February 14th, at 6 PM and 8:30 PM. 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.

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