|Тито и ја|
Tito i ja
Tito and me
|Directed by||Goran Marković|
|Written by||Goran Marković|
|Produced by|| Goran Marković |
|Starring|| Dimitrije Vojnov |
|Edited by||Snezana Ivanović|
|Music by||Zoran Simjanović|
|Distributed by||Kino International|
|104 min. (United States)|
118 min. (Canada)
Tito and Me (Serbian : Тито и ја, Tito i ja) is a 1992 Yugoslav comedy film by Serbian director Goran Marković.
The movie is set in communist-ruled Yugoslavia during the 1950s. Zoran is an overweight 10-year-old living in an overcrowded home that his parents share with his grandmother, aunt and uncle. In the early communist era of Yugoslavia, many homes were taken away from their owners in the Land Reform programs. His parents are artists, and do not get along with his aunt and uncle, who think that they are communists.
Zoran's family is opposed to Tito's rule, while little Zoran sees Tito as his personal hero. He's learned in school that Tito is the greatest man ever, and he daydreams about meeting him. One day, Zoran writes a composition called "Why I Like the President", which is judged the best of those submitted by Belgrade's schoolchildren. He wins a week's camping trip with other children of families favored by the regime, the trip's highlight being a reception at Tito's palace. His crush, Jasna, an orphan girl, also is going on this trip.
The camping trip is led by a man named Raja, who quickly seems to be insane. The trip becomes increasingly absurd, with Raja and one of older boys Kengur (kangaroo, a nickname given his height) pretend to be ghosts to scare the kids while they are staying in a historic castle.
Zoran is exposed by Raja for stealing a ring to give Jasna. He is going to be sent home on a train, and as he waits, a girl who is friendly with him walks over to his side. All of the students join, leaving only Raja and Jasna opposing him. They finish the journey and arrive at Tito's childhood home, and Zoran is asked to give a speech. He corrects his poem by saying that he in fact does love his parents more than Tito, and stating that he doesn't even like Tito that much.
The film ends with a banquet where all of the kids get to meet Tito, but Zoran is disillusioned and doesn't really care to meet him.
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