Ko to tamo peva; comedy, Serbia, 1980; D: Slobodan Šijan, S: Pavle Vujisić, Dragan Nikolić, Danilo 'Bata' Stojković, Aleksandar Berček, Neda Arnerić, Taško Načić, Slavko Štimac, Bora Todorović
Serbia, '41. Two gypsies are singing how they would want the "whole world is just a dream", and then they go off to the local bus station in the middle of a countryside. A couple of other passengers, among them a hunter, a singer, a distinguished gentleman Brka, a sick man and a war veteran, are also waiting there for the bus that's going to take them to Belgrade. The bus arrives and they start their journey. The conductor's name is Krstić, while his son Miško is the driver. On the next bus stop thy take a freshly married couple with them. But their journey is full of troubles: they have to make a detour due to a military blockade, the bus gets a flat tire and an old bridge turns into an obstacle. Just as they were about to enter Belgrade, the passengers accuse the gypsies of stealing and the Nazi airplanes start bombarding and destroy the bus. Only the two gypsies survive.
In 1980 the Academy decided to give the award for best foreign language film to "Moscow Does not Believe in Tears", but it would have been much more fair if their voters did not completely ignore the excellent comedy "Who's That Singing Over There?" from Serbia, the only great film the director Slobodan Šijan ever made. Who would have thought that the best film in the history of Serbian cinema of the 20th century would revolve around - a bus trip? But it does. This amusing satiric road trip about the misadventures of passengers traveling in a bus is conquering the viewer by it's simple, completely authentic and spontaneous, fresh, sometimes raw charm with a regression of two kid gypsies who sing their song from time to time, looking directly into the camera. It's a completely simple film, subtracted of any kind of complicated visual style, norms or meta film gimmicks, seemingly like a normal comedy, but full of wise observations, social commentaries about the human mentality, a tragic ending and a humane touch, suitable for viewing for everyone.