Another domestic classic digitally restored as part of the A1 Kinoteka project

Another classic of domestic cinema “Sabirni centar” (Center Film 1989), the 33rd Digitally Restored Film in the A1 Kinoteka Project, premiered at the Dom Kulture Silosi in Belgrade before a large audience.

The drama with elements of fantasy and comedy tells the story of an archaeologist who dedicates his life to finding a Roman tombstone that serves as a gateway between the worlds of the living and the dead. Upon its discovery, the professor suffers a heart attack and becomes trapped somewhere in between. Encounters with many long-deceased friends, love, and family open a “Pandora’s box” of unrepented secrets, love, and many desires that the main character tries to fulfil through his discovery.

In addition to its unusual plot, outstanding set design, and photography by the renowned Tomislav Pinter, and music composed by Zoran Simjanović, the film features an exceptional performance by Rade Marković in the lead role. Anica Dobra, besides showcasing her extraordinary acting skills, also demonstrated incredible vocal talent. Radmila Živković was awarded the Golden Arena in Pula for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lepa. Other notable performances in the film include Bogdan Diklić, Dragan Nikolić, Mirjana Karanović, Aleksandar Berček, Bata Stojković, Taško Načić, Tanasije Uzunović, and others. The film won the Golden Arena for Best Film and Best Screenplay in Pula. It was directed by Goran Marković, who co-wrote the screenplay with Dušan Kovačević.

“After a decade in Serbia and seven years of collaboration with the Yugoslav Film Archive, I can say that A1 Kinoteka is my favourite project. Together we have restored and preserved 33 films from oblivion so far. It is a big question whether, when I look back on this period of my life, I will first think of business successes or this project. It is an exceptional honour to be part of such an important process for domestic cinema, and I am especially glad that we have managed to bring restored films closer to different generations, and through them, the spirit of a bygone era,” said Dejan Turk, who has been at the helm of A1 Serbia for the past 10 years and is continuing his career as the CEO of A1 Slovenia and A1 Croatia.

The audience enjoyed performances by “Kralj Čačka,” the band Porto Morto, and DJ Luton along with the film screening. The public screening will be held on June 21 at the Yugoslav Film Archive in Uzun Mirkova Street (Makavejev Hall) at 6 PM and 8:30 PM. Admission to the screening is free, and tickets can be picked up before the screening.

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