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by Michaela Kezele


The Kosovo War, 1999. Albanians are fighting Serbs, Serbs are fighting Albanians. Neighbours have become enemies. Friends are killing each other. Danica, a young Serbian, lives with her two sons Danilo and Vlado in a small Serbian-Albanian village on the river Ibar. Her husband was killed in the fighting and she is in mourning. When Ramiz, a critically injured UCK soldier, seeks shelter in her home, she is forced to make a decision: turn him over to the Serbian militia or try to save his life? Danica and Ramiz are practically neighbours, since he lives on the Albanian side of the river near the hospital where she gave birth to her children. Now they are enemies. By helping him she is endangering her life and the lives of her children. They fall in love but their fragile happiness is threatened by her jealous neighbour Jelena. Danica slowly realizes that there is no way she can escape the effects of war.

international title: My Beautiful Country
original title: Die Brücke am Ibar
country: Germany, Serbia, Croatia
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Michaela Kezele
film run: 88'
release date: DE 12/12/2013, FR 15/01/2014
screenplay: Michaela Kezele
cast: Zrinka Cvitešić, Mišel Matičević, Andrija Nikcevic, Milos Mesarovic, Danica Ristovski
cinematography by: Felix Novo de Oliveira
film editing: André Bendocchi-Alves
art director: Goran Joksimovic Joksa
costumes designer: Ljiljana Petrovic
music: Martina Eisenreich
producer: Gabriela Sperl, Damir Teresek, Piroska Tolnai-Varga
production: Sperl Productions GmbH, Maxima film, Atalanta
backing: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, German Federal Film Board, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Center Serbia
distributor: Movienet Film, Chamade

main awards/selection

Munich International Film Festival 2012
Arras Film Festival 2012
Belgrade Film Festival 2013

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