Ponedjeljak ili utorak (Monday or Tuesday). 1966. Yugoslavia. Directed by Vatroslav Mimica. Written by Mimica, Fedor Vidas. With Slobodan Dimitrijević, Pavle Vuisić, Gizela Huml, Jagoda Kaloper. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 35mm. 84 min.
Animation veteran, genre pioneer, and master of psychology Vatroslav Mimica’s Monday or Tuesday takes us though one day in the life of Marko Požgaj (Dimitrijević), a divorced Zagreb journalist and modern intellectual, as he goes about his daily business. Flashbacks to his childhood; unusual details of the everyday present; and powerful images redolent of the immediate historical past and premonitions of the future combine into a stream-of-consciousness portrait of Požgaj’s inner world and the urban fabric of Zagreb. Shot in a deep-blue color grade and strung together with perception-altering montage, the film—winner of the Golden Arena Award for Best Film at Yugoslavia’s prestigious Pula Film Festival—also features a rarely seen manifestation of the Shoah in contemporary memorial spaces. Monday or Tuesday is surely among Mimica’s finest contributions to the seventh art.