When Father was Away on Business(Otac na sluzbenom putu)

  • Dir: Emir Kusturic

  • Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbo-Croatian, 136mins, DCP

  • Cast: Moreno De Bartoli, Miki Manojlovic, Mirjana Karanovic

Told through the consciousness of a six-year old boy, Kusturica’s surprising Palme d’Or winner is an affectionate social satire offering a revealing glimpse of Yugoslavia’s tumultuous political transition after breaking up with the Soviet Union. The twist of fate for young Malik comes when he is told that his father is “away on business”, a euphemism for being sent to a labour camp for his alleged Stalinist sympathies – or rather, his promiscuity. In his sleepwalking, Malik shows his remarkable talent for interrupting his father’s licentious acts, and his spirit as adventurous as his father’s libido.

Cannes Film Festival: Palme d’Or and FIPRESCI Prize

Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film nomination

9/19 (Sun): Film talk with Long Tin


    In-theatre Screening

    • Tickets will be available at Emperor Cinemas Website, Mobile App and the box office of iSQUARE on screening day.2021-09-19 (Sun)
      Tickets will be available at Emperor Cinemas Website, Mobile App and the box office of iSQUARE on screening day.2021-10-16 (Sat)


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