1987. Yugoslavia. Goran Paskaljevic. 90 min.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 8:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1987. Yugoslavia. Written and directed by Goran Paskaljevic. With Ljubisa Samardzic, Jakup Amzic, Neda Arneric, Saban Bajramovic. Paskaljevic's mordant view of gypsy life was made in Yugoslavia two years before Emir Kusturica's fantasy Time of the Gypsies, but there is nothing romantic in Paskaljevic's treatment of modern slavery. In order to survive, families sell their children, who are transported west, trained as pickpockets and thieves, and viciously abused if they do not comply. The film follows a journalist who, appalled by the situation, tries to rescue a boy. Conceived out of sheer outrage, Guardian Angel is the closest Paskaljevic has come to making a thesis film. In Serbo-Croatian, Romany, Italian; English subtitles. 90 min.