Béla Tarr has taken no time to rest in mentoring two of the most promising filmmakers in Eastern Europe. Having previously mentored László Nemes in his Oscar-winning directorial debut, “Son of Saul,” the acclaimed Hungarian director is set to repeat his mentorship with his newest protégé, Emma Rozanski. Funded by Indiegogo, Rozanski has taken bold steps in her first feature film, “Papagajka,” setting her psychological thriller in the tumultuous background of Sarajevo. Having just begun healing old wounds, the Bosnian town becomes the perfect setting to explore how a young man’s life is turned upside down due to the arrival of a intrusive stranger. Continue reading Emma Rozanski – Papagajka (2016)
Three soldiers one Serb and two Bosnians are caught up in a countryside trench in no man’s land between Serbian and Croatian lines, while the UN unwillingly gets involved in the situation because of media pressure.
This film is a critical satire of the meaningless of war and on how no one wants to get involved- but actually sit back (the UN) and watch or actually film the carnage (the media). It depicts the bleakness of the war, the UN’s involvement and the intruding media presentation of it in black humour and sharp sarcasm, while still the suspense and the humanity of the situation doesn’t get discarded- but makes it more fascinating and quite constructive. Continue reading Danis Tanovic – No Man’s Land (2001)
A story set in the former Yugoslavia and centered on a guy who returns to Herzegovina from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life. (IMDb) Continue reading Danis Tanovic – Cirkus Columbia (2010)
Won the Best European short film Award in 2002
Description: The film follows two simultaneous story lines: one set in Rome, and one in Sarajevo, in 1994, the worst time of the war in Bosnia.
Continue reading Ahmed Imamovic – 10 minuta aka 10 minutes (2002)
In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him.
Continue reading Arsen A. Ostojic – Halimin put AKA Halima’s Path (2012)
Rahima (23) and Nedim (14) are orphans of the Bosnian war. They live in Sarajevo, a transitional society that has lost its moral compass, including in the way it treats children of the people who were killed fighting for the freedom of their city. After crime-prone adolescent years, Rahima has found comfort in Islam and she hopes her brother will follow in her footsteps.
Their life of bare survival becomes even more difficult after Nedim gets into a fistfight with the son of a local strongman and breaks his expensive mobile phone. This incident triggers a chain of events leading Rahima to the discovery that her brother leads a double life.
Children of Sarajevo is a 2012 Bosnian drama film directed by Aida Begić. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Special Distinction award.
Continue reading Aida Begic – Djeca AKA Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Plot / Synopsis
Senada is 31 and she lives in Poljice neighborhood in Lukavac municipality with her partner and two daughters. She is pregnant with her third child for approximately five months. Since she didn’t have health insurance, she does not go to the doctor’s. When she started bleeding, she goes to the hospital. The doctor told Senada that she needs an emergency surgery and she needs to pay 500 EUR. Without a health insurance card and without money, Senada returns home. “A robust and compassionate work with surefire niche appeal to hardcore Eastern Bloc glumfest gluttons who find the grim social realism of the Romanian New Wave a little too happy-go-lucky” (Stephen Dalton : The Hollywood Reporter).
Continue reading Danis Tanovic – Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza aka An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)