“Everything shown in this film really happened”, claims Lazar Ristovski, “but I wanted to raise it a foot above the ground and give it a sense of surreal and poetic. Why? Because today’s audience is so much pressured by the reality of life (especially in Yugoslavia) and needs an embellished picture of the world that relies on romantic enthusiasm, emotions, passion, poetics, honor, chivalry, and the desire to play and show tolerance.”

All the characters in the film – regardless of their social, educational or cultural background – are selfaware and allow themselves to ponder on large issues like life itself, love, survival, existence, death, the endless circle, the passage of life and the imperfect nature of Mankind. They are not afraid to show their true feelings and true colors. The lead character goes one step further: he is not even afraid of death.




Despite the fact that the production has fallen below ten titles, the Yugoslav cinema has made us a gift. After the big success of ” Black Cat, White Cat” by Emir Kusturica (Silver Lion at the 1998 Venice Festival) and Goran Paskaljevic with “Bure Baruta” (best European film in 1998 according to the Association of film critics FIPRESCI) we’ve been presented with “The White Suit” – a film by Lazar Ristovski which he signs as the producer, screenwriter, director and lead actor. Mentioning these names brings about a sense of like-minded people. This is a logical evolution, after the triumph with the role of Crni in Kusturica’s “Underground” (Golden Palm, Cannes 1995) and his striking, memorable role in “Bure Baruta”. Now a mature actor, Ristovski surely belongs to the world’s acting elite and not only in Belgrade – where he is revered like Depardieu in Paris.

Jean Roy



    • Argentina, “Manuelita,” Manuel Garcia Ferre, režiser
    • Austria, “Northern Skirts,” Barbara Albert, director
    • Belgium, “Rosetta,” Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, director
    • Bhutan, “The Cup,” Khyentse Norbu, director
    • Brazil, “Orfeu,” Carlos Diegues, director
    • Canada, “Set Me Free,” Lea Pool, director
    • China, “Lover’s Grief over the Yellow River,” Feng Xiao Ning, director
    • Argentina, “Manuelita,” Manuel Garcia Ferre, director
    • Austria, “Northern Skirts,” Barbara Albert, director
    • Belgium, “Rosetta,” Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, director
    • Denmark, “Mifune,” Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, director
    • Finland, “The Tough Ones,” Aleksi Makela, director
    • France, “East-West,” Regis Wargnier, director
    • Georgia, “Here Comes the Dawn,” Zaza Urushadze, director
    • Germany, “Aimee & Jaguar,” Max Farberbock, director
    • Greece, “From the Edge of the City,” Constantinos Giannaris, director
    • Hong Kong, “Ordinary Heroes,” Ann Hui, director
    • Hungary, “The Lord’s Lantern in Budapest,” Miklos Jancso, director
    • Iceland, “The Honour of the House,” Gudny Halldorsdottir, director
    • India, “Earth,” Deepa Mehta, director
    • Indonesia, “Sri,” Marselli Sumarno, director
    • Iran, “The Colours of Paradise,” Majid Majidi, director
    • Israel, “Yana’s Friend,” Arik Kaplun, director
    • Italy, “Not of this World,” Giuseppe Piccioni, director
    • Japan, “Railroad Man,” Yasuo Furuhata, director
    • Lebanon, “Around the Pink House,” Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas, director
  • Mexico, “El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba,” Arturo Ripstein, director
  • Nepal, “Caravan,” Eric Valli, director
  • The Netherlands, “Scratches in the Table,” Ineke Houtman, director
  • Norway, “The Prompter,” Hilde Heier, director
  • Peru, “Captain Pantoja and the Special Services,” Francisco J. Lombardi, director
  • The Philippines, “The Kite,” Gil M. Portes, director
  • Poland, “Pan Tadeusz,” Andrzej Wajda, director
  • Portugal, “The Mutants,” Teresa Villaverde, director
  • Romania, “The Famous Paparazzo“, Nicolae Margineanu, director
  • Russia, “Moloch,” Alexander Sokurov, director
  • Slovakia, “All My Loved Ones,” Matej Minac, director
  • Spain, “All About My Mother,” Pedro Almodovar, director
  • Sweden, “Under the Sun,” Colin Nutley, director
  • Switzerland, “Beresina, or The Last Days of Switzerland,” Daniel Schmid, director
  • Tajikistan, “Luna Papa,” Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, director
  • Taiwan, “March of Happiness,” Lin Cheng-sheng, director
  • Turkey, “Mrs. Salkim’s Diamonds,” Tomris Gintlioglu, director
  • United Kingdom (Wales), “Solomon and Gaenor,” Paul Morrison, director
  • Venezuela, “Glue Sniffer,” Elia Schneider, director
  • Vietnam, “Three Seasons,” Tony Bui, director
  • Yugoslavia, “The White Suit,” Lazar Ristovski, director.

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