in about 100 words or less
Bulgaria/Czech Republic/France/Germany/Hungary/FR of Yugoslavia 170m, Colour
Director: Emir Kusturica; Cast: Miki Manojlović, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Joković, Slavko Štimac, Ernst Stötzner, Srđan Todorović, Mirjana Karanović, Milena Pavlović
Underground is an energetic dark comical political drama about the misadventures of friends Petar Popara (aka Blacky) and Marko Dren from World War 2, through the Cold War, and until the beginning of the Yugoslav Wars. As members of the Communist Party, with a common love interest, they become involved in a small arms manufacturing “business” that they conceal underground. As the war ends, Marko deceives Blacky and the few dozen townspeople that he has working in the shelter that the war is still going on. A Fellini-esque styled production, Underground is a masterful satire of the absurdity of war (Klaus Ming April 2016).