The Rats Woke Up

Živojin Pavlović


Velimir Bamberg is a loner trying to change his meaningless life. He sews neckties, in an attempt to make enough money and send his sick sister to the seaside. He meets a girl who he thinks would be a turning point in his life. At the height of his illusion about happiness, the girl takes his money and disappears. Cheated and disappointed, Velimir goes back to where he started.

Gordan Mihić, Ljubiša Kozomara, Dragoljub Ivkov

 Director of Photography
Milorad Jakšić-Fanđo

 Film Editing
Olga Skrigin

Aleksandar Radulović

 Production Company
Filmska Radna Zajednica (FRZ)

Slobodan Perović, Dušica Žegarac, Severin Bijelić, Mirjana Blasković


Živojin Pavlović
Director's Biography
Živojin Pavlović

Živojin Pavlović (1933-1998) was a Serbian director, writer and painter. He studied painting, and started filmmaking at the Belgrade Kino club group. His films belong to the Black wave of Yugoslav film, during the sixties and the seventies of the last century. These films showed the face of the Yugoslav way to socialism, and they depict everyday lives of ordinary people. Black wave films were successfully screened at festivals in Western Europe, at the same time being criticized and neglected in cinema distribution in Yugoslavia. With Gordan Mihić and Ljubiša Kozomara as screenwriters, Živojin Pavlović made films The Rats Woke Up and When I am Dead and Gone. The Rats Woke Up was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale Film Festival.