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ESMA'S SECRET

by Jasmila Žbanić

synopsis

Single mother Esma lives with her 12 year-old daughter, Sara, in post-war Sarajevo. When mother and daughter discuss the delicate topic of the death of Sara's father, a war hero, Esma’s responses are always vague. The situation becomes more complicated when the school offers to take pupils on a free trip, provided they can furnish a certificate proving that they are the offspring of a war hero. Sara can’t get rid of the nagging feeling that something’s not right when she is not on the list of the orphans of war heroes. Esma breaks down and brutally reveals the painful facts: Esma was raped in a prisoner-of-war camp. The first step is overcoming the trauma...

international title: Esma's Secret
original title: Grbavica
country: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Jasmila Žbanić
film run: 90'
release date: AT 03/03/2006, DE 06/07/2006, NL 07/09/2006, FR 20/09/2006, IT 06/10/2006, SE 13/10/2006, PT 23/11/2006, ES 24/11/2006, PL 24/11/2006, BE 06/12/2006, UK 15/12/2006
screenplay: Jasmila Žbanić
cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic
cinematography by: Christine A. Maier
film editing: Niki Mossböck
art director: Kemal Hrustanovic
costumes designer: Leijla Hodzic
music: Enes Zlatar
producer: Barbara Albert, Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Jessica Hausner
production: Coop99 Filmproduktion, Deblokada Filmproduction, Noirfilm Filmproduktion (BA), Karlsruhe Jadran (HR), ZDF (DE)
backing: UK Film Council
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Polyfilm (AT), Cinemien (NL), ABC Distribution (BE), ID Distribution (FR), Vitória Filmes (PT), Trigon Films (CH), Dog Woof Pictures (UK), Golem Distribución (ES)

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main awards/selection

EFA 2006 selection
Berlinale 2006 Golden Bear 2006; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; Peace Film Award
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