"Filmed in 1971, arrested in 1972, convicted in 1973 and set free in 1990"
Yugoslavian filmmaker Lazar Stojanovic's first and only feature, Plastic Jesus, was immediately labeled subversive and occasioned the only case in the former Yugoslavia's history in which a filmmaker has been imprisoned because of his work. Plastic Jesus juxtaposes the antics of a free-spirited protagonist— avant-garde performance artist Tom Gotovac— with Nazi and Yugoslavian war propaganda, posing an inquiry into individual freedom of expression vis-á-vis authoritarian governance.
Plastic Jesus was publicly screened for the first time in 1990, picking up the FIPRESCI prize in Montreal. The film receives its New York premiere tomorrow at MoMA. Through April 21.