Jasmila Žbanić, Bosna i Hercegovina/Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2015, 60'
Director: Jasmila Žbanić
Editing: Isabel Meier, Ruth Schoenegge
Producers: Damir Ibrahimović, Jasmila Žbanić
Co-producer: Nina Kusturica, Kaspar Kasics
Production: Deblokada produkcija, Produkcija Živa
Causes and consequences of the assassination that happened hundred years ago in Sarajevo still echo throughout Europe. On 28 June 1914, Gavrilo Princip shot Austro-Hungarian heir presumptive Franz Ferdinand. The assassination was used as a cause for the First World War that marked the beginning of the 20th century. Hundred years later, Sarajevo is paying tribute to that day. People interpret and react differently to the event. The film speaks about different aspects of events that happened on that day using materials shot by citizens of Sarajevo (with mobile phones and small cameras) and contrasting their material with sequences from movies dedicated to the assassination and made by directors from Austria, Bosnia, Great Britain. This is a story about one special day but also about everyday life in Sarajevo where weddings, funerals, official ceremonies and political protests are happening in the same time. Through an artistic interpretation of director Jasmile Žbanić, this movie is an entertaining document on human nature and the city in which 20th century has started and ended.
Born in Sarajevo, Jasmila is a graduate of her native city’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre and Film Directing Department. Before filmmaking, she also worked as a puppeteer in the Vermont-based Bread and Puppet Theater and as a clown in a Lee Delong workshop. Her feature debut Grbavica won the 2006 Berlinale Golden Bear (as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Peace Prize), the AFI (American Film Institute) Fest Grand Jury Prize, Grand Prix Odyssey of the European Council and was sold to 40 territories with great success. On the path, Jasmila’s second feature film, premiered at the 2010 Berlinale, in the Competition section. The film had worldwide distribution on 25 territories and won numerous awards including Filmkunstfestival Schwerin Award for Best Director, Golden Apricot IFF Yerevan – FIPRESCI Prize, Pula Film Festival 2010 – Golden Arena for Best Director, Nomination – European Film Award for Best Actress. Jasmila’s third feature, FOR THOSE WHO CAN TELL NO TALES, made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and won the 2013 Femme de Cinema Award at Les Arcs European Film Festival. All her films were produced through Deblokada, an artists’ association that she founded. Jasmila’s films and video works have been displayed at dozens of art exhibitions worldwide such as Manifesta 3, the Istanbul Biennial, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, New Museum in New York... She is the recipient of the 2014 KAIROS Prize which honors European artists whose work is judged to have a major cultural and social impact.
Festivals and awards:
Sarajevo Film Festival 2015, Human Rights Award
Eastern Neighbours Film Festival 2015
Cottbus Film Festival 2015