Tagged: Bosnia

CURE – ŽIVOT DRUGE / THE LIFE OF ANOTHER am Mi., 12.12.2018, 19:30h im Kaffee Stark

Im kalten Dezember machen wir uns auf den Weg ins sommerliche Dubrovnik, zurück in die 90er: Teenager Linda hat ihre Jugend in der Schweiz verbracht und kehrt nun, kurz nach der Belagerung, mit ihrem Vater nach Dubrovnik zurück. Sie freundet sich mit Eta an und bald schon verschwimmen die Grenzen. Nach einem folgenschweren Unfall stellt sich die Frage, wer ist wer und wer gehört wo hin?

CURE – ŽIVOT DRUGE / CURE – THE LIFE OF ANOTHER – Schweiz, Kroatien, Bosnien-Herzegovina, 2014 – Andrea Štaka – 83min – OmENGUT

Mi, 12.12.2018, 19:30h, Hinterzimmer Kaffee Stark (Wohlwillstr. 18, St. Pauli)

Mit: Leon Lučev, Mirjana Karanovič, Maria Škarišić et. al.

for further reading (Variety Review):

Film Review: ‘Cure — The Life of Another’


Der nächste Filmclub findet statt am 09.01.2019!


NO MAN’S LAND am 13.04.2016, 19.30h, (p)ostkartell Büro, Kulturetage Altona

NIČIJA ZEMLJA // NO MAN’S LAND, Bosnien Hercegovina, 2001 – Danis Tanović – 98min – OmENGLU

Mittwoch, 13. April 2016 //  19.30h // Ort: (p)ostkartell Büro – Kulturetage Altona, Große Bergstr. 160, 22767 Hamburg

Bitte bei Kulturetage klingeln.

Mit Einführung und Diskussion


Danis Tanović’s NIČIJA ZEMLJA // NO MAN’S LAND erschien 2001 und gewann im Rennen um den Oscar für besten fremdsprachigen Film sogar gegen den Publikumsliebling AMELIE aus Frankreich. Tanović schrieb nicht nur das Buch und führte Regie, sondern komponierte auch die Musik zum Film. Darüber hinaus schaffte er es, Produzenten aus Bosnien, Frankreich, Italien, Belgien, Slowenien und Euroimages Förderung an Land zu ziehen – eine beachtliche Leistung für einen Debut-Spielfilm. Zugute kamen ihm hier die Erfahrungen als Verantwortlicher des Film-Archivs der Bosnischen Armee.

Worum geht`s?

In einem Schützengraben zwischen den Fronten des Bosnienkriegs irgendwann in den 1990ern treffen sich Čiki und Nino, jeweils Kämpfer der anderen Seite. Während sie versuchen, ihren lokalen Konflikt unter einander auszuhandeln und sogar Gemeinsamkeiten entdecken, bekommen die UN und die internationalen Medien Wind von der Situation. Ihr Versuch zu intervenieren lässt die ohnehin absurde Situation nur weiter eskalieren.

Tanović zeigt gekonnt die Absurdität und die schmerzhafte Ausweglosigkeit des Konflikts, und auch der trockene Humor bietet keine komische Auflösung sondern die alles unterliegende Ironie ist der verzweifelte Versuch, mit einer unerträglichen Situation umzugehen.


Quellen / further reading

Daniel J. Goulding: „Liberated Cinema: The Yugoslav Experience, 1945-2001“

Amy Corbin: „No Man’s Land“, Film Quarterly Autumn 2006

“WUNDBRAND – SARAJEVO, 17 DAYS IN AUGUST” plays Wednesday, February 2nd at Metropolis Kino, Hamburg

Metropolis Kino, one of the best art house cinemas in Hamburg, shows the 1994 documentary about the besieged city this Wednesday, February 2nd with the film maker in attendance!

about the film:

“This German documentary examines life in besieged Sarajevo. Included are interviews with young soldiers who share their feelings about killing, and being killed. One tells of his feelings regarding his accidental shooting of an old woman. Another tells of his life as an aspiring comedian before the conflict. The film might have been more detailed had not the risk in filming it been so great. The filmmakers felt lucky to escape the area with their lives. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi” (source)



SEE Fest in LA is over and here are the winners:

“Director Tudor Jurgiu from Romania won Bridging the Borders award for Best Feature Film of the festival for his debut film, The Japanese Dog. Special Jury Mention went to Croatian filmmaker Tomislav Mršić for his debut film, Cowboys, and Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast was awarded to Albanian feature Bota, co-directed by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci.

Down the River by Asif Rustamov from Azerbaijan won the Best First Feature award. Two narrative documentaries shared the Best Documentary Award, The Undertaker by Dragan Nikolić from Serbia, and Romania’s Flowers in the Shadows by Belgian director Olivier Magis.   Awards for Best Cinematography went to Bulgarian Rat Poison director of photography Krasimir Andonov (feature film), and Dragan Vildović (documentary film) for his work in In the Dark from Serbia.

In the shorts category Strahinja Savić from Serbia won Best Short Fiction award for Nine Days, Alexandr Baev’s Once Upon Another Time from Georgia won for Best Documentary short, and Anton Octavian from Romania won Best Animation Short award for Elmando.
Winners of 2015 Audience Award were Albanian Bota (feature film), and Serbian In the Dark (narrative documentary).”

Congratulations to the winning filmmakers!

Two Croatian films at worldfest Houston this sunday (April 12) and monday (April 13)!!

Browsing through the programme of World Fest, one of Houston’s Film Festivals, I was happy to find two productions from Croatia this year!

Sunday April 12, 7pm: Cvjetni Trg // Flower Square, Croatia, 2012
Synopsis: “Nationalism, church and organized crime make for an unholy trinity in Krsto Papic’s powerful story of a man trapped in a world he not only never made, but also wants no part of. The world is Croatia, where a mobster named Macko seems to controls everything — from the underworld to the Catholic Church to the fate of his brother, who resents the mafioso for sleeping with his wife and destroying his marriage years ago. The real focus of “Flower Square,” however, is a nobody actor in a puppet show named Filip, who is blackmailed into posing as a priest to trick Macko to confess to committing an array of crimes.”

get tickets here.

Monday April 13, 9pm: Most na kraju svijeta // Bridge at the end of the worldCroatia/Bosnia/Serbia, 20134
Synopsis: “The film “The Bridge at the End of the World” deals with the unfortunate human destinies from the war in Croatia. In fear of the return of Serbian refugees to their houses in which they lived before the war and that in the meantime populated with Croat refugees from Bosnia, an old man disappears, and the investigation that starts from a police officer who lives in a Serbian house, will become more personal.”

get tickets here.

 Films screen at ACME studio 30, 2949 Dunvale St., Houston.



LGBT films from SEE

(photo source: Balkanist Magazine)

The other day at a filmmakers gathering I had the pleasure to chat with Kristian Salinas, the artistic director of Houston’s Q-Fest, a queer and LGBT film festival. I mentioned the topic of the Sworn Virgins to him and what a coincidence that an Italian-Albanian co-production shown on this year’s Berlinale picked it up (see my post here).
Three years ago, the gay pride parade in the city of Split, Croatia, was cancelled due to protests and threats from religious and nationalistic groups of society.
I vividly remember the support march some friends organised in Rijeka, where I was living at the moment. We met on a square above the city centre on one of these cool spring days, when the weather cannot decide on rain or shine. Maybe 70 people had gathered, but there was no glitter nor revealing costumes, as you see in abundance on the big Christopher Street Day parades elsewhere. After a short speech, the crowd descended on the city’s main pedestrian precinct. A little down the hill, there was riot police to protect the demonstrators. Continue reading