Bosnia Herzegovina

Igor Drljaca – Tabija AKA The White Fortress (2021)

When a chance encounter brings together two teens from opposite sides of life in post-war Sarajevo, a blossoming romance conceals their desperate and disturbing motives. Read More »

Gaetano Liberti – J the film (2018)

J tells the story of a man who lives an isolated life before encountering a woman that will open up, for a while, his controlled world. Read More »

Jasmila Zbanic – Quo vadis, Aida? AKA Where Are You Going, Aida? (2020)

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. Read More »

Benjamin Filipovic – Dobro ustimani mrtvaci AKA Well-Tempered Corpses (2005)

Two cynical workers in a hospital morgue (Boro Stjepanovic, Zan Marolt) make bets on how many bodies will turn up by a certain time. When three corpses are suddenly wheeled in after a horrific accident involving a plane, a car and a suicide jumper, joining a forth cadaver who suddenly dropped dead in a government lobby, one coroner appears to have won the bet. But death holds many surprises. Read More »

Vesna Ljubic – Ecce Homo (1994)

In the past few years, dozens of documentaries have been made on the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Many video registrations had the dramatic siege of Sarajevo as their main subject. ECCE HOMO distinguishes itself by its personal interpretation of the blockade of Bosnia’s capital. This film has no voice-over commentating on the horrors, only images, larded now and then with fragments of religious and other music, and the hoarse croaking of crows. ECCE HOMO is not a political film, but a personal reflection on death. Time and again, she leads us to new funerals on improvised graveyards and shows images of the devastations: a burning tram, flats destroyed by fire, and the arrival of bodies at a morgue. The film reaches an emotional climax when the camera halts at a tombstone with a photo of Danica Ljubic. Who was this woman? The sister of the director? Vesna Ljubic: “The film is not sad, on the contrary; death is our only joy. And our hope.” Read More »

Thanasis Neofotistos – Route-3 (2019)

In a sweaty, overcrowded tram in Sarajevo, a shy teenager is beset by every imaginable impediment as he tries to capture the attention of his object of desire. Read More »

Srdjan Vuletic – Ljeto u zlatnoj dolini AKA Summer in the Golden Valley (2003)

In a postwar Sarajevo, a young boy is trying to repay debt of his deceased father in a special Bosnian way. Read More »