Film ‘Working Class Goes to Hell’ as a metaphor for society

At the 52nd International Film Festival FEST, the audience will be able to see Mladen Đorđević's latest film ‘Working Class Goes to Hell’ (Radnička klasa ide u pakao), which is part of this year's Main Competition Programme.
At the FEST press conference, Director Mladen Đorđević, producer Milan Stojanović, and actors Tamara Krcunović, Nataša Aksentijević and Ivan Đorđević spoke about the film, the premiere of which is scheduled for 24 February 2024.
Mladen Đorđević remains faithful to his deeply imaginative and dark style with his latest film.
The film ‘Working Class Goes to Hell’ will be shown at FEST, as were some of the director's earlier films such as ‘Made in Serbia’ (2005) and ‘Vienna Hallways’ (Sumrak u bečkom haustoru, 2020), which had their premieres at this festival.
‘I feel at home here at FEST, I love FEST because from the very beginning it combines art house and repertoire sensibility in the best possible way,’ said Đorđević.
‘I made this film because I have the feeling that the working class is threatened, like the majority of the population, marginalized, and it is interesting to me that in this film we have people who are pushed to the corner. They have no choice and all they have left is to look within themselves and try to find the lost strength and raise their heads and fight back,’ he said. According to him, the decreasing number of arthouse films deals with the problems of the working class, the left in the West believes that the problem of the working class has been
solved, and the fact is that the rights of workers in the West are increasingly endangered.
‘That is why I think that this film is well received by audiences in the West, judging by the reception at festivals, more and more people in the West recognize the problems that my heroes have,’ said Đorđević.
The director and screenwriter of the film pointed out that his heroes went through a complicated path of inner liberation.
‘I talk about the general world problem of the oppressing elite, an increasing number of people are pushed to the margins, and for me this is also a dystopian film because it talks about the near future, where the greater part of humanity will be pushed into darkness by big capital, and people pushed to the corner can find their lost strength and rebel,’ he said.
According to Tamara Krcunović, the woman she portrays is a person from a patriarchal environment from whom everything was taken. She leads a group of people who rebelled. First, they go to court, then they turn to religion, and when that fails, they turn to the supernatural.

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