DEATH IN SARAJEVO (SMRT U SARAJEVU) World Cinema

In 1914, a Serbian man named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, kicking off the chain of events that led to World War I. One hundred years later, during a centennial commemoration of those events, Academy Award®-winning director Danis Tanović turns the luxurious Hotel Europa in the heart of Sarajevo into an ideological battleground. As visiting luminaries arrive for the ceremony, a looming hotel-worker strike pits a furious staff against management’s underhanded cronies, while elsewhere, arguments about the region’s turbulent history of violent conflict — beginning with Princip’s fateful act — threaten to reach a dangerous boiling point. Tanović’s sublimely fluid camera glides through every corner of the expansive hotel, breathlessly capturing the escalating tensions with virtuosic panache. The film, a potent reminder that our unstable present has deep roots in the past, won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. — Mike Dougherty

Danis Tanovi´c was born in Zenica, in the then-Yugoslavia, and studied at L’Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle in Brussels. His features include NO MAN’S LAND (2001), which won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film; HELL (2005), from a Krzysztof Kie’slowski script; TRIAGE (2009); AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER (AFI FEST 2013); and
TIGERS (2014).

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Details

Country: France | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Year: 2016

Director: Danis Tanović

Screenwriter: Danis Tanović

Producers: Francois Margolin, Amra Bakšić Čamo

Director of Photography: Erol Zubčević

Editor: Redžinald Šimek

Production Designer: Mirna Ler

Music: Mirza Tahirović

Cast/Featuring: Jaques Weber, Snežana Vidović, Izudin Bajrovic, Vedrana Seksan, Muhamed Hadžović, Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić, Edin Avdagić, Aleksandar Seksan

Running Time (minutes): 85 min

Languges: Bosnian, French

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