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Sajtinac Production
00.50.16 (2D computer, color)


This film is the satirical chronicle of an imaginary cruise to discover Europe, from the age of greek mythology to the present day.
Tracing the story from the enthusiasm of the founding fathers at the end of the Second World War to its present difficulties, the ship EUROPE battles hell and high water to affirm and fight for its existence.


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The Killer of Montmartre, 2007

Sajtinac Production
00:50:02 (Computer, 2D, colour)

This film tells the history of a serial killer who ends up meeting his master.

Supported by his wife Hélène in scriptwriting and production, Sajtinac
worked on this project for 3 years. It is a mixture of drawings and reworked photographs.
Renaud Barbier ( composed and directed the original soundtrack.
The voices of Stefan Godin and Lucienne Kahn complete the credits.
Released in 2007, Le tueur de Montmartre, which received no official aid, is a production entirely financed by Louis XVI (the sale of a commode enabled its production...).
The film, presented in numerous international festivals, won 4 Grand Prix.

Available in VOD on

(For further details, please consult the filmography)






Music © Renaud Barbier

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Films produced in Germany

Between 1972 and 1981, Sajtinac produced six shorts and a feature
length film in Germany:

Libération of the main character, 1973
Majic KG Filmproduktion
00:09:00 (35 mm, colour)

Black Power, 1973
00:03:00 (35 mm, colour)

We are many, 1974
00:08:30 (35 mm, colour)

Wortspiele, 1975
00:08:30 (35 mm, colour)

Circus ABC, 1976
00:10:00 (35 mm, colour)

The Master is the only film remaining from this period, the others, having changed hands several times, having been lost.
The Oberhausen festival possesses several copies, some of which is digitalised.

The Master, 1981
00:10:30 (16mm, colour)

In 1981, Sajtinac was approached by the German channel ZDF to produce a short animation.
The film was produced in the classic method (drawings on paper, cells, camera). In this film, we bear witness to the austere life in a convent whose father superior is none other than the Devil.
After this project, Sajtinac moved away from the classic method to take on, 15 years later, digital production.



Not everything that flies is a bird, 1978
Feature length, 01:20:00 (35mm, colour)

In 1978, Stockmann-Filmproduktion released this feature length animation.
This was a compilation of all the short films produced in Yugoslavia
and Germany, plus 20 minutes of new material.

Franz and Martha, an odd couple, are setting up home in their new house.
While Martha sleeps soundly, Franz is haunted by nightmares.

This film was strongly inspired by the 1970 short film produced in Yugoslavia, keeping its title.


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The Yugoslavian short films

Between 1970 and 1972, Sajtinac made 7 short animations for Neoplanta-Film in Yugoslavia.

The fountain of youth (with Nikola Majdak), 1969
00:09:30 (35 mm, colour)

Not everything that flies is a bird, 1970
00:08:44 (35 mm, colour)

Temptation, 1971
00:09:00 (35 mm, colour)

Der Weg zum Nachbar, 1971
00:03:00 (35 mm, colour)

The bride, 1971
00:08:11 (35 mm, colour)

Don Quichotte, 1972
00:08:30 (35 mm, colour)

Triumph, 1972
00:08:00 (35 mm, colour)

In October 1972 he left the country and moved to Germany, where he continued to work as a filmmaker.

In 1999, during bombardments in Yugoslavia, most negatives of his films were destroyed or lost. Few rare copies spread here and there are the only testimony to this work.

The Bride, 1971
00:08:11 (35 mm, colour)

In 1971, Sajtinac produced 3 short films. The Bride tells the story of a young woman courted by numerous suitors which she turned down, to eventually choose an unexpected fiancé.

This very same year the film won the Grand Prix at the Annecy Animation Festival.



Temptation, 1971
00:09:00 (35 mm, colour)

Temptation tells the history of a character lost meandering through a fictitious town.
It should be seen as a parable of an individual who is the prisoner of a surrealist system.


Not everything that flies is a bird, 1970


00:08:44 (35 mm, colour)

With Not everything that flies is a bird, in 1970 Sajtinac signed off on his first own production.
The film describes the suffering of a character who is renovating his house while being confronted with a monstrous bird which is terrorising and oppressing him. It should be read as a parable of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

The film was subject to severe criticism at the 1970 Oberhausen film festival in Germany in 1970, in particular from directors from South American communist countries.


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