Montevideo, God Bless You!

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Montevideo, Bog te Video!
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Official Poster
Directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić
Produced by Dejan Petrović
Written by Srđan Dragojević
Ranko Božić
Based on Montevideo, Bog te video 
by Vladimir Stanković
Starring Miloš Biković
Petar Strugar
Nina Janković
Danina Jeftić
Music by Magnifico
Cinematography Goran Volarević
Edited by Marko Glušac
Release date(s)
  • December 21, 2010 (2010-12-21)
Running time 140 minutes
Country Serbia
Language Serbian
Box office $2,192,931 (Serbia)

Montevideo, God Bless You! (Serbian: Монтевидео, Бог те видео / Montevideo, Bog te video; internationally titled Montevideo, Taste of a Dream) is a 2010 Serbian film directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić about the events leading to the participation of the Yugoslavia national football team at the first FIFA World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay in July 1930. The film gained considerable media attention throughout 2010 and achieved significant box office success in Serbia since its release on December 21, 2010.[1] The entire project has been hugely successful regionally thus far. More than 520,000 people in Serbia saw the first film, which won numerous awards.[2]

The story is loosely based on the novel Montevideo, Bog te video by the prominent Serbian sports journalist Vladimir Stanković. He drew inspiration to write a romanticized depiction of the late 1920s Serbia and the events that popularized the game of football in the country after having watched the American film The Game of Their Lives.[3]

The film was awarded the 'Audience Choice Award'[4] for Best Film in the main competition program at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival. It was also Serbia's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards,[5][6] but did not make the final shortlist.[7]

Plot[edit]

Belgrade, Serbia, circa 1930. The story follows eleven passionate, mostly anonymous but very talented soccer players and their journey from the cobblestone streets of impoverished Belgrade neighborhoods to the formation of the national team before the very first World Cup in faraway Uruguay. So far away that the country's capital, Montevideo, seems more a distant dream than a familiar reality. Named after the city where the inaugural World Cup was held, director Dragan Bjelogrlić's adaptation of journalist Vladimir Stanković's best-selling book centers on the relationship between the two top players: natural talent and poor boy Tirke (Miloš Biković) and playboy superstar Moša (Petar Strugar).

The two young men eventually become friends when they're thrown together on the front line of the struggling local team, Belgrade Sports Club - BSC. As the club hierarchy is faced with the challenge of keeping the squad afloat, the opportunity arises to create a national team. However, team unity is strained when Tirke and Moša clash over beautiful women. Rosa (Danina Jeftić), the voluptuous, small-town innocent who adores Tirke, but her soccer-mad uncle conspires to set her up with Moša; and vampish Valeria (Nina Janković), a free-spirited bohemian who seduces Moša and finds much fun in pitting him against Tirke. The initial doubt that surrounded their personal and professional lives is transformed into a shared ambition to prove themselves in Montevideo; as a result, a story about friendship, enthusiasm, persistence and love for the game is unraveled.

Cast[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Event Category Winner/Nominee Result
Fipresci Serbia 2010[8]
Best Actor Miloš Biković Nominated
Best Actress Danina Jeftić Nominated
Best Actress Nina Janković Nominated
Best Picture Intermedia Network Won
Best Director Dragan Bjelogrlić Won
Best Director of Photography Goran Volarević Won
Best Script Srđan Dragojević and Ranko Božić Won
Best Production Design Nemanja Petrović Won
Popularity Oscars 2010[9] Best Picture Intermedia Network Won
THE MEN awards 2010 Project of the Year Intermedia Network Won
MTV Movie Awards 2011 Best Film Intermedia Network Won
33rd Moscow International Film Festival Audience Choice Award Intermedia Network Won
58th International Pula Film Festival Special Mention Intermedia Network Won
Sopot Film Festival 2011 Best Production Design Nemanja Petrovic Won
Lipetsk International Sports Film Festival ATLANT 2011 Best Feature Film About The Sport Intermedia Network Won
Leskovac International Film Festival LIFFE 2011 Audience Award for Best Picture Intermedia Network Won
Two Riversides Film and Art Festival 2011 Audience Choice Award Intermedia Network Won
10th International Festival of Sport Film Krasnogorski Gran Prix Intermedia Network Won
30th World FICTS Challenge - Beijing Worldwide Final of Championship of Cinema and Sport Television Guirlande D'Honneur Intermedia Network Won
Nis Film Festival 2011[10]
Best Actor - 'Constantine The Great Award' Miloš Biković Won
Best Debut Petar Strugar Won
FIPRESCI Award Viktor Savic Won
Best Comic Role Branimir Brstina Won
Actor of the Evening Predrag Vasic Won

DVD and TV series[edit]

The movie was released on DVD during 2011.

On 1 January 2012 it was broadcast on RTS1, achieving stellar ratings with over 3.1 million viewers.[11]

The extended version of the film, including 5 hours of footage unseen in the theatrical cut, began to be broadcast as the eponymous television series on RTS starting 13 February 2012,[12] and onwards weekly every Monday in the 8pm prime time slot. Nine episodes aired,[13] with the first season concluding on 9 April 2012.

The second series, titled Na putu za Montevideo, (season two) began on 31 December 2012, this time airing Sundays. The plot now moved to the preparations for the long trip to Uruguay. Nine more episodes were shown concluding on 10 March 2013.

In July 2013, the first series began airing in Croatia on RTL Televizija.[14]

On 3 August 2013, Montevideo, God Bless You!, aired on the Chinese CCTV-6 network.[15]

On 15 January 2014, the sequel feature film Montevideo, vidimo se! got released in theaters.

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Awards
Preceded by
Tamo i ovde
Serbian Oscar Of Popularity
The Movie of the Year

2010
Succeeded by
TBD