The Old School of Capitalism

The Old School of Capitalism, Z. Zilnik
Serbia, 2009, 122 min, dv + hdv

written and directed by: Želimir Žilnik
camera: Miodrag Milošević
edited by: Vuk Vukmirović
producer: Sarita Matijevic

cast: Živojin Popgligorin, Robert Paroci, Zoran Paroški, Lazar Stojanović, Branimir Stojanović, Ernest Larsen, Tomislav Milankov, Dragan Siriški, Slobodan Djorić, Joca Šokarda, Svetozar Srdanov, Maja Krek, Ratibor Trivunac, Tadej Kurepa, Vladimir Marković, Tamara Miladinović, Leon Šurbanović, Rade Ćurčin

production: Playground produkcija, Novi Sad

The Old School of Capitalism is rooted in the first wave of workers revolts to hit Serbia since the advent of capitalism. Desperate workers bulldoze through factory gates and are devastated to discover the site looted by the bosses. Eccentrically escalating confrontations, including a melee with workers in football shoulder-pads and helmets and boss and his security force in bulletproof vests, prove fruitless. Committed young anarchists offer solidarity, take the bosses hostage. A Russian tycoon, a Wall Street trader and US VP Biden’s visit to Belgrade unexpectedly complicate events that lead toward a final shock. Along the way, the film produces an increasingly complex and yet unfailingly lively account of present-day, in fact, up-to-the-minute struggles under the misery-inducing effects of both local and global capital.