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Grbavica (Grbavica - Esmas Geheimnis)

Grbavica
Scene from "Grbavica" (photo © coop99/Deblokada/Noir Film/Jadran Film)

Esma's daughter Sara (12) is going on a class-trip. Believing her father to be a martyr, Sara is urging her mother to bring the certificate, so that she can get a discount for the class-trip. But Esma does not have the certificate. She is trying to protect her daughter and herself, by not telling the truth about the war in Sarajevo, and Sara's birth.


Jasmila Zbanic was born in 1974 in Sarajevo. A selection of her films includes: Autobiography (1995), After, After (1997), Love is... (1998), We Light the Night (1998), On the Occasion of Mrs. Vildana's Return (1999), Red Rubber Boots (2000), To & Fro (2002), Images from the Corner (2003), Do You Remeber Sarajevo (2003), Birthday (2004) from the cycle of shorts Lost and Found: 6 Glances at a Generation (2005) and Grbavica (2005) - which won the Golden Bear in Berlin 2006.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Jasmila Zbanic
Screenplay Jasmila Zbanic
Cinematography Christine A. Maier
Niki Mossboeck
Kemal Hrustanovic
Cast Luna Zimic Mijovic, Leon Lucev, Kenan Catic, Jasna Ornela Berry, Mirjana Karanovic
Producers Barbara Albert, Damir Ibrahimovic, Bruno Wagner, Boris Michalski, Damir Richtaric
Production Companies coop99 filmproduktion, Deblokada/Sarajevo, in co-production with Noirfilm/Karlsruhe, Jadran Film/Zagreb, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 Serbo-Croatian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2006 (In Competition), Karlovy Vary 2006, Moscow 2006, Toronto 2006, Copenhagen 2006, Warsaw 2006, Pusan 2006, Reykjavik 2006, Seville 2006, Nouveau Cinema Montreal 2006, Jerusalem 2006, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Palm Springs 2007
Awards Golden Bear, Ecumenical Jury Award, Peace Film Prize Berlin 2006, Discovery of the Year Award Reykjavik 2006, Wim van Leer Spirit of Freedom Award Jerusalem 2006, Narrative Grand Jury Prize Los Angeles 2006
With backing from Oes
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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