Bosnia Herzegovina

Sara Ristic – Moj Tata, Klovn AKA My Dad, the Clown (2020)

As many parents are, Sara’s are divorced. As few parents are, Sara’s dad is a professional clown. After a major life event, Sara has the opportunity to finally spend quality time with her dad and meet the person behind the clown. Read More »

Aida Begic – Djeca AKA Children of Sarajevo (2012)

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Winner of the Un Certain Regard award at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, Aida Begic’s Children of Sarajevo (Djeca, 2012) is a tightly-focused drama, portraying life in contemporary Bosnia from the point of view of the war orphans now reaching maturity. Marija Pikic plays Rahima, a 23-year-old woman who, after a misspent youth, has found solace and direction in Islam, practising the Hajib and wearing a headscarf. Read More »

Aleksandra Niemczyk – Polka-Dot (2020)

An impressionistic emotional struggle between a girl with a prefabricated heart and a mysterious puppet-master. Inspired by the chapter “The Girl with the Pre-Fabricated Heart” from the surrealist film “Dreams That Money Can Buy” (1947) by avant-gardist and dada artist Hans Richter.

Aleksandra Niemczykholds a Master of Fine Arts (Painting and Lithography) and also a Master’s degree in Film Directing. Her short films and debut feature film have been selected for film festivals around the world including Locarno Film Festival, New Horizons, IndieLisboa, Pesaro, and Sarajevo. She has exhibited her paintings and video installations internationally since 2001. Read More »

Jasmila Zbanic – Na putu AKA On the Path [+Extra] (2010)

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Luna and Amar are a couple. Their relationship is under great strain. First of all, Amar loses his job for being drunk at work. Luna is very worried and has little hope of realising her fragile dream of having a child with Amar. But her fears for their future increase when Amar takes on a well-paid job in a Muslim community hours away from where they live. Only after quite some time has elapsed during which they have had no contact with each other, is Luna allowed to visit Amar in this community of conservative Wahhabis in its idyllic lakeside location. Read More »

Antonio Nuic – Sve dzaba aka All for free (2006)

Synopsis (allmovie.com)
An emotionally devastated war veteran sets out to spread happiness across Bosnia after his friends spark a melee that leaves all but him dead in first-time Sarajevan director Antonio Nuic’s deliberately-paced comedy drama. Every day Goran (Rakan Rushaidat) pass the time by drinking their worries away in the local watering hole. When a bitter dispute arises and Goran proves the sole survivor of the deadly fight that follows, he sells his parent’s home, purchases a refreshment truck, and sets out to provide free soft drinks and grappa to anyone who asks. Goran’s pledge never to spend two nights in the same town is soon challenged, however, when the grieving veteran falls for a pretty woman (Natasa Janjic) who has also been scarred by a tragic loss. Read More »

Ahmed Imamovic – Belvedere (2010)

The film deals with the tragedy of the women survivors of the Srebrenica genocide, or rather, the consequences of the horrors they experienced – it is about women whose sole purpose in life is to locate the bones of their loved ones and give them a decent burial. Fifteen years later, they still want just one simple thing – the truth. As a contrast, the film deals with trivialities of modern living, obsessed with different reality shows… Read More »

Aida Begic – Snijeg AKA Snow (2008)

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The first Bosnian film to win the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics Week focuses on six women living in a small village one year after the war has ended. All of the men (including male children) have been rounded up and killed by the Serbian army. The surviving women work hard to keep the village’s only industry, jam and sauerkraut production operational. It’s grueling work to create a delicate product that the women then transport in handcarts through rough mountainous paths to sell on the roadside. We see the women raise the orphaned children left behind all the while trying to keep each other’s spirits up with games and craft projects but the fact remains, the only commonality they have is that their former middle classic lives have been transformed by tragedy. Read More »