Tag Archives: Bosnian

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)

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 »

Jurislav Korenic & Aleksandar Jevdjevic – Karadjoz (1969)

Very old and very rare comedy, 5 parts TV series produced by TV Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ex-Yugoslavia. Read More »

Nenad Djuric – Nebo Iznad Krajolika aka Skies Above The Landscape (2006)

Winner – Special Jury Award, 10th Sofia International Film Festival
Official Selection Haifa 22nd International Film Festival
Official Selection 2006 St. Louis International Film Festival

Bosnian director Nenad Djuric’s postwar Bosnian comedy – a breezy, rib-tickling story about the clash of cultures – is a charmingly innocent love story set in a country that no longer wishes to dwell on recent atrocities. Read More »

Nikola Stojanovic – Belle epoque, ili poslednji valcer u Sarajevu AKA Belle Epoque, or the Last Waltz in Sarajevo (2007)

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Belle Epoque, or the Last Waltz in Sarajevo (Belle epoque, ili poslednji valcer u Sarajevu, 2007) by Nikola Stojanovic is a historical film, which means it is film as history. But it is also film history (as in the study of film)—the work of a film historian. The historical context of the film is made explicit immediately, through the use of pre-credit intertitles questioning what happened in the turn-of-the-(20th )-century Balkans. A subsequent title of dedication “to the pioneers of film” marks the work as a love letter to cinema. In this case, the “belle époque” mentioned in the title refers most closely to the formative years of cinema. It is the subtitle “the last waltz in Sarajevo” that is aligned with the political history of the film. This extended opening intertitle sequence continues, posing the possibility that to understand the wars of secession in Yugoslavia at the end of the twentieth century, we can study the beginning of that same century, where its historical roots lie. So begins a unique film that is an attempt to resurrect history at the same time that, reflexively, the film’s very existence as a finished product is one of resurrected film history itself. Read More »