Archive of films Monument to Michael Jackson / Spomenik Majklu Džeksonu

Serbia / Germany / Macedonia / Croatia
2014, 95 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2014

Barber Marko decides to make a last desperate attempt to save his crumbling marriage. In order to impress his beloved wife Ljubinka, he comes up with an absurd idea for bringing his dying town back to life – his plan is to build a monument to Michael Jackson. In his bittersweet comedy, Darko Lungulov employs gentle detachment to touch on a number of social problems, thereby confirming his narrative skill and flair for creating an effective milieu.


It’s 2009. Marko is a daydreaming barber with a head full of ideas (rarely realized) and a marriage on the rocks. Disappointed by life, Marko’s wife Ljubinka refuses to give him another chance and is determined to leave their dying town for good. Marko decides to make a last ditch effort to save his crumbling relationship. Desperate, he comes up with an absurd proposal for bringing life back to the comatose community, thereby impressing Ljubinka. His novel idea is to attract tourism by replacing the old communist monument with a statue of Michael Jackson. Somewhat surprisingly, he gets the locals on board but, unfortunately, Marko’s plans don’t sit well with the mayor.… In his bittersweet comedy about the adventures of a likable barber, Darko Lungulov stands somewhat aloof as he touches on a number of social problems; he also confirms his narrative skill and flair for creating an effective milieu, already demonstrated in his internationally successful debut Here and There.

About the director

Darko Lungulov (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) moved from his Serbian birthplace to New York in 1991 after the outbreak of civil war; there he graduated in film studies from the City College of New York. His medium-length documentary Escape (2004) was presented at a number of documentary festivals (e.g. IDFA and Leipzig). He debuted in features in 2009 with Here and There, which earned 20 awards at more than 50 international film festivals following its Tribeca premiere. At KVIFF it was presented in the Variety Critics’ Choice section. Monument to Michael Jackson is his second feature.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Darko Lungulov
Screenplay: Darko Lungulov
Dir. of Photography: Mathias Schöningh
Music: Dejan Pejović
Editor: Dejan Urošević
Producer: Darko Lungulov, Snežana Penev
Production: This and That/Papa Films
Coproduction: av medien penrose/Penrose Film, Dream Factory, Aka Film, Propeler Film
Cast: Boris Milivojević, Nataša Tapušković, Dragan Bjelogrlić, Ljuba Bandović, Toni Mihajlovski, Branislav Trifunović, Mirjana Karanović
Contact: Films Boutique


Darko Lungulov

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Producer, Producer

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Film Institution Rep.

Dragan Bjelogrlić



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