- The Way Steel Was Tempered
name = Tako se kalio čelik
producer = Svetozar Udovički
writer = Želimir Žilnik
Lazar Ristovski Relja Bašić Ljiljana Blagojević Tatjana Pujin
music = Karolj Morvai
cinematography = Nina Vranešević
Terra Film RTV Novi Sad Avala Film Zvezda Film
June 30, 1988
Filmfest Munchen Toronto International Film Festival Pyongyang Film Festival
runtime = 101 min
imdb_id = 0177280
"The Way Steel Was Tempered" (Tako se kalio čelik) is a 1988
feature filmdirected by Serbian director Želimir Žilnik. [http://www.balkanmedia.com/magazin/film/419.html] It was nominated for a Golden St. George award at the Moscow International Film Festivaland has been screened at festivals worldwide such as the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also shown at the Pyongyang Film Festival[ [http://www.zelimirzilnik.net/content/view/66/28/ Zelimir Zilnik - Tako se kalio celik - the way steel was tempered (1988) ] ] which frequently showed movies from non-alignedcountries. [ [http://www1.korea-np.co.jp/pk/209th_issue/2004092501.htm 9th Pyongyang Film Festival ] ]
The movie is about a steel worker, Leo, who tries to live a carefree life, but his progress towards that goal is impeded by the steel mill management that does its best to earn a
profitbefore the steel bubble bursts and the company goes under. Leo and his comrades are faced with a bleak and uncertain future. As this trouble with his employment goes on, he meets a woman named Verica and becomes involved in an extramarital affairwith her.
His wife, Ruža, fed up with her husband's constant cheating and dishonesty divorces him and goes back to live with her parents, leaving Leo behind. As she takes her leave, she meets Michel, the head of security at Leo's steel mill. Michel is a
photographerand an ex- soldier. After seeing them together, Leo is faced with emotional turmoil and manages to lose his job after a jealous outburst. In a fit of anger Leo attempts to knock down a monument in the town square, and is sent to prison.
Oddly enough, after being sent to prison Leo ends up working back at the steel mill, as the factory and the prison have a deal in using prisoners as general laborers. Foreign business partners arrive and they are very impressed with the historic appearance of the mill and the workers that they decide that the whole place be put under
historic preservation. The foreign partners, being passionate collectors of socialist realismtake a liking to Leo and take him with him as a "perfect specimen." Several years later he returns - triumphantly - driving a new Cadillac.
Moscow International Film Festival
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