Danis Tanovic – No Man’s Land (2001)

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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 – Cirkus Columbia (2010)

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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 – Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza aka An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)

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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).
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Danis Tanovic – Triage (2009)

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A war photographer on assignment in Kurdistan is traumatized by the death of his best friend. He is then nursed back to health by his girlfriend’s grandfather, who may or may not be a notorious war criminal from the Spanish Civil War.

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When I looked up a bit of information on Triage after watching it, I was genuinely surprised to discover that it’s not a true story. I suppose it’s the touch of an actual war correspondent that gives it that real life cache, as the author of the novel it’s based upon is a veteran in that arena. While it had a degree of Hollywood polish and shine, it felt tremendously possible, which made it easy to relate to as a viewer, despite my having spent the entirety of my own life lazy and safe and nowhere near anything approximating war. Continue reading