Time of the Gypsies

Time of the Gypsies
Дом за вешање
Dom za vešanje
Time of the Gypsies

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Directed by Emir Kusturica
Produced by Mirza Pašić
Harry Saltzman
Written by Emir Kusturica
Gordan Mihić
Starring Davor Dujmović
Bora Todorović
Ljubica Adžović
Music by Goran Bregović
Cinematography Vilko Filač
Editing by Andrija Zafranović
Distributed by Sony Pictures
Release date(s) December 21, 1988
Running time 142 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language Romani

Time of the Gypsies (Serbian: Дом за вешање, Dom za vešanje, literally "Home for Hanging") is a 1988 Yugoslav film by Serbian director Emir Kusturica. Filmed in Romani and Serbian, Time of the Gypsies tells the story of a young Romani man with magical powers who is tricked into engaging in petty crime. It is widely considered to be one of Kusturica's best films.

The film revolves around Perhan, a Gypsy teenager with telekinetic powers and his passage from boy to man that starts in a little village in Yugoslavia and that ends in the criminal underworld of Milan.

The movie's soundtrack was composed by Goran Bregović.


Plot summary

Perhan lives with his devoted grandmother Khaditza, his lame sister Danira and his dissolute uncle Merdzan. He wants to marry Azra, but her mother won't allow it, as Perhan is the illegitimate son of a Slovenian soldier who had an affair with Perhan's late mother. Ahmed, the "money king," comes to the village with his brothers. Merdzan loses his clothes playing cards with Ahmed's brothers, and comes home desperate for money so that he can repay. After he lifts the house up during a rainstorm, Khaditza proposes a deal with Ahmed. Perhan's sister Danira needs an operation on her leg, so Perhan goes away with Ahmed to drop Danira off at a hospital in Ljubljana, from there they go to Milan. At first Perhan wants to make money honestly, but after being dragged through the mud, Perhan begins stealing and squirreling money away in a shack.

After being double-crossed by his brother Sadam, Ahmed appoints Perhan boss of the operation. Now relatively rich, Perhan goes home, where he is enraged to find Azra is carrying another man's child. She claims the child is his, but Perhan refuses to believe her. They marry with the condition that he will not raise the child. Perhan is also disappointed to find that the house Ahmed promised to build him is not being built at all, and that Danira was not operated on, but forced to be a beggar. Azra dies after giving birth to a boy, who joins Ahmed's crew.

After four years of searching, Perhan reunites with Danira in Rome, who leads him to Perhan Jr., whom Perhan now accepts as his child. Perhan drops the children off at the train station, promising to meet up with them after settling the score with Ahmed, who is about to be married. Perhan arrives at the wedding and kills Ahmed, using his telekinetic powers on a fork, and Ahmed's brothers, but he is in turn killed by Ahmed's new wife. Perhan Jr. steals the coins put on his father's eyes at the funeral.



At the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, Emir Kusturica won the Best Director Award and the film was also nominated for a Palme d'Or (Golden Palm).[1] At the 1991 Guldbagge awards in Sweden, the movie won the award for Best Foreign Film. In addition, Time of the Gypsies was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1990 César Awards in France.

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