Revelatory look at hotbed of emerging punk and new wave musical talent in late 1970s Zagreb and Belgrade, “Lucky Kid” is most decidedly all right. Overcoming the twin barriers of language and obscurity through the sheer universality of rock and roll, fanboy-turned-journo Igor Mirkovic has crafted a heartfelt history of rebellion through music that speaks to anyone who ever dreamed of escaping their humdrum existence by starting a band. Pic is a superlative addition to fests, with sales possible well beyond regional market, and strong ancillary assured.
Beginning with Tito’s 1977 swing through Zagreb, affable narrator Mirkovic declares, “This is the story about the times when they were big, and I was little.” With names like White Button and Electric Orgasm, young bands inspired by Lou Reed and rebelling against Marxism (“In our world, the only valuables were records”) began career arcs remarkably similar to Western musical brethren: one musician finds religion, another becomes reclusive, and so on. Pic is punctuated with voluminous archival footage and tunes, skillfully orchestrated. Title burned on print caught is “Happy Child,” from title of controversial Azra anthem; helmer prefers more colloquial moniker “Lucky Kid.”