The Belgrade Phantom


Technical Info:

Running time: 80 min
format: color 35mm
projection: 1:1,85
sound: dolby digital

Directed by
Jovan Todorović

screenplay by
Jovan Todorović
Bogdan Petković

Director of Photography
Andras Nagy H.S.C.

Milena Z. Petrović


Yugoslavia, 1979. While president and dictator Tito is in Cuba on international affairs, a mysterious Phantom captures the attention of Belgrade. Using a stolen white Porsche car he performs daring stunts through the city streets. As rumours of his cat-and-mouse games with the police spread, people start gathering to watch him at night.

Over the radio the Phantom publicly challenges the police to try and catch him. Such open opposition is unheard of and more than 10 000 people are in the streets supporting their hero. It is dangerous to eliminate him in front of the public and the police are forced into a chase where he sets the rules. It comes down to the driving, and the stakes are very high.

The Phantom has become a rogue symbol that threatens the system. His story remains one of the first cracks in the communist facade, and a legend that would outlive those who tried to suppress it.