Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, First floor conference room
Visiting Scholar, Nebojsa Jovanovic (Central European University) will introduce the films and lead a post-screening discussion.
Snow (Snijeg) by Aida Begiá
Aida Begi's "Snow" world premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Fest and won the Critics Week Grand Prize.
“Snow does not fall to cover the hill, but for every beast to leave its trail.”
GRBAVICA is a story about contemporary Sarajevo…Jasmila Zbanic’s first feature film won the Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlinale.
Single mother Esma wants to grant her twelve-year-old daughter Sara's wish to participate in a school trip. A certificate proving her father is a war martyr would allow her a discount. But Esma continues to avoid Sara's requests for the certificate. She would rather find a way to pay full price for the trip. She believes not telling the truth about Sara's father is a way to protect both her and her daughter.
Slavno is remote from the rest of the world, but the first snow brings the threat of total isolation. As it gets closer, Alma, a stubborn young woman in her late twenties, believes they can not only survive but even prosper by selling plum jam and other fruit and vegetable products on a deserted road. Two businessmen unexpectedly visit Slavno demanding the residents to leave the village offering money in return. The villagers face a dilemma: should they accept the offer that could save their lives but destroy their souls A sudden storm traps the businessmen in Slavno, forcing them to face a problem bigger than anything they expectedthe truth!
War is one of the most essential situations one can experience because of the constant closeness of death. If death follows you in peacetime, then peace continues to be as essential as the war was. Peacetime is sometimes more complicated than the war. Materialism takes its role very fast and all the essential things youve learned during the war you start to forget.
People run after their place on earth, to discover that the Earth has not stopped turning in the meantime. Still, the past cannot be forgotten and the future cannot clear the past. Living in illusion will not help anyone but a ticket to a United Europe because the tumor of the lie will spread and eat everything that lives.
This relationship between life and earth, war and peace, past and future creates a lot of absurdities in the lives of people in my country. It creates a lot of questions but gives no answers. Pain and joy, love and hate, east and west are all happening and clashing at the same time. All this makes my country and people very special, but it is not always easy to fins a way out of postwar confusion and injustice. It is not easy to have dreams and believe they can come true.
The inhabitants of Slavno find the strength to resist and to dream their own dreams, even if sometimes they are nightmares. Freedom is a possibility to choice and they will fight for it! If you imagine a completely devastated village filled with beautiful flowers, large fruit and clean water, then you will understand the essence of a poetry which shows that construction is far more powerful than destruction.
"GRBAVICA" Director’s Statement
I am fascinated by everyday life, but compared to war, it can seem ordinary, non-dramatic, evenbanal. Yet when the surface of this everyday life is scratched, the whole power of human emotions -- past, present and future -- starts to leak out.
GRBAVICA is first of all a story about LOVE. About love that is not pure, because it has been mixed with hate, disgust, trauma, despair. It's also about VICTIMS who, though they did not com-mit any crime, they are still not entirely innocent in relation to future generations. GRBAVICA isalso about TRUTH, a cosmic power necessary to progress, and very much needed by society inBosnia and Herzegovina who must strive to reach maturity.
screenwriter and director
Zbanic began making films in 1997 when she founded the artist's association “Deblokada”, through which she produced, wrote and directed numerous documentaries, video works and shorts. Her work has been screened in film festivals and exhibitions worldwide. Highlights include her short BIRTHDAY (part of the omnibus film LOST & FOUND), a look at the different paths taken by two young girls - one Croatian, one Bosniak; the 2002 documentary RED RUBBER BOOTS, which follows Bosnian mothers searching for their children; and documentary IMAGES FROM THE CORNER, a moving personal account of a young woman seriously wounded during the war who watched in pain as a foreign photographer snap pictures of her.
Born in Sarajevo in 1974, Zbanic is a graduate of the her native city’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, department for theater and film directing. Before filmmaking, she also worked as a puppeteer in the Vermont-based "Bread and Puppet" Theater and as a clown in a Lee De Long works