Belgrade in early 1999, as NATO’s bombing campaign against the former Yugoslavian capital is at its height, a group of friends struggle to survive the attacks and sort through their personal difficulties, all the while working to keep their neighborhood basketball court intact amidst the rubble.
Rados is a young man who lives in the provinces of Yugoslavia and who has his heart set on becoming a great pianist making music for humanity, and nothing less than that. His companions at the Belgrade Academy of Music are not beset by the same economic deprivation as Rados, and they spend their time in effete pursuits, romantic liaisons, parties, and generally egocentric behavior. Rados’ simmering anger starts to heat up when he sees the enormous gap between the pretensions of the students and the nature of brilliantly composed music.
Photographer Mario Cotone is hired to cover a big N.Y. actor. When his pretty daughter Nicole Yeats (N.Y.) and Mario fall in love, this angers her father and hurts Mario’s work which further infuriates his boss. Will love prevail?
The trial of the Catonsville Nine, the nine Catholic activists who in 1968 went to the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, took 378 draft files and burned them to protest the Vietnam War.
Pete Hammond Jr. is a friendly saxophonist who leaves his life in Milwaukee to try and hit it big in New York City. When Pete arrives, he finds that music gigs are hard to come by, and he is forced to live in a dilapidated single-room apartment. He soon meets Peggy Brown, a talented performer who makes a living as a model and dancer. When Peggy is unable to pay her rent, she reluctantly accepts an offer from Pete to share his apartment.
Tom and Cora Elliott love their active social life so much that they neglect their daughter Mary and son Les. Fred Mason, Tom’s neighbor and the doctor at the defense plant employing Tom, worries about the effect that Tom and Cora’s drinking and socializing have on the children….
A middle-aged Bulgarian is watching the change of the guard in front of the Buckingham Palace. For no apparent reason, while looking, in his mind he gets back to his childhood in the little Bulgarian village he grew up in. Different rites, different traditions and still he finds something in common. He recalls the people he knew, he feared or admired. He ponders over that life of no brilliance, where people plough, harvest, marry and die, celebrate or grieve. Miracle are also worked, conceived in a unlimited child’s imagination. It is the child’s perception of the world that helps us to give a meaning to the major questions of human existence.
A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship. He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, describing the whiteness of the city, the solitude and the silence. He sends his love and emptiness; she replies with love and confusion.