The Old School of Capitalism

  • 122'
  • Serbia
  • 2009
In a playful, often hilarious mixture of documentary and fiction, the film maker Zelimir Zilnik traces sanctifying capitalism, sold to the Serbians after the disappearance of state socialism as the great new god. As a background for his story, Zilnik uses a number of strikes that took place in Belgrade in recent years and introduces us to several people involved who are allowed to 'play' themselves. That leads to explosive situations. Employees dressed in American football kits come to settle up with their employers with gangs of heavies in bullet-proof vests. But the factories have already been emptied. The arrival of a Russian tycoon and the American vice president Joe Biden light the fuse.
Zilnik's intriguing docu-drama observes with x-ray eyes and in a sharp tone what's going on in the new Serbia. No lazy ideological analysis, but a complex and yet lighthearted portrait of the consequences of globalised capitalism for a country that has only just joined in the game.

Director
Zelimir Zilnik
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Serbia
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
122'
Medium
DV cam
Original title
Stara skola kapitalizma
Language
Serbian
Producer
Sarita Matijevic
Production Company
Playground produkcija
Sales
Playground produkcija
Screenplay
Zelimir Zilnik
Cinematography
Miodrag Milosevic
Editor
Vuk Vukmirovic
Cast
Lazar Stojanovic
Website
http://playground-produkcija.net/