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  • This is a very good documentary. Unfortunately, you'd probably stumble upon it on some online platform rather than see it on TV or DVD.

    Dusan Prelevic, about whom this movie is about, was an interesting figure. He was one of those people who spent the better part of their lives in a kafana. Although literal translation would be coffeehouse, on Balkans this has been a place around which life revolved. Before bars, techno music and internet took over, that is. People would meet there, eat and drink or even enjoy the night in the fog of alcohol fumes and tobacco smoke often accompanied by musicians.

    But the story of Dusan Prelevic is more than a story about bohemian lifestyle. He was a singer whose temperament and love of kafana prevented him from stardom. And at a certain point of his life he even wrote some fine stories and one movie script (Poslednji krug u Monci - 1989). His writing is difficult to come by nowadays, but it earned him a nickname of local Charles Bukowski in the 1980's. In my opinion, this didn't serve him right. Unlike Bukowski, Prelevic stemmed from a generation that had tremendous lust for life and exploring the world.

    In this documentary a number of celebrities of the era appear: Bogdan Tirnanic, Momo Kapor, Petar Bozovic, Brana Crncevic and, last but not least, Dragan Nikolic. If you're acquainted with the artistic and cultural life of Belgrade and former Yugoslavia, only mentioning these names should be enough to explain the role Dusan Prelevic played in it.