The Great tram Robbery

We are expecting a great comeback of Slobodan Šijan, the director of domestic cinematography’s anthological achievements, with the new film “The Great Tram Robbery” which is in the final phase of preparation.

The film story of Slobodan Šijan’s new film is about the life of Boško Tokin, a pioneer of film criticism in our region and an avant-garde artist, who was one of the leading figures in the cultural life of Belgrade in the 1920s. In the Paris of the Balkans, as they called our capital at the time, famous personalities of Yugoslav history such as King Alexander, Ivo Andrić, Miloš Crnjanski, Branislav Nušić and Žanka Stokić were a part of the life of the first filmmaker who ended up in prison for his art. Šijan is a director who has been inclined to subversive art since his film beginnings, believing that it creates a creative atmosphere. This attitude of one of the greatest Yugoslav filmmakers from our region fits in perfectly with the artistic work of the protagonist of his new film. The film “The Great Tram Robbery” although inspired by true events and personalities, is closer to a fantasy about the destiny of an intellectual in changing times and political circumstances. The realization about this forgotten artist, told in a comic tone specific for Šijan, is named after Tokin’s first avant-garde film, which disappeared under mysterious circumstances after shooting. The main role of Boško Tokin is played by Miloš Biković and the rest of the cast are also Goran Bogdan, Sloboda Mićalović, Viktor Savić, Momčilo Otašević and Nebojša Dugalić. Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania are participating as co-producers in the realization of the film. The shooting of the film “The Great Tram Robbery” started in 2019 and is in the final phase of realization and it already has definite production in more than 26 countries over the world.

“My attempt is to approach a period, especially the year of 1924, through some serious shades that hover over Boško’s fate, which is unusually happy because it is a time of youth and attempts to change the world that has just survived a terrible war.”

Slobodan Šijan

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