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by Aida Begić


Merjem-Meri, an unambitious, 30-year-old homemaker and mother to 8-year-old girl Mila, moves back to her parental home after 10 years of marriage. Soon after, Meri realizes she is stuck in a circle of provincial rules and expectations and a complex relationship with her ambitious mother and spoiled younger brother. Her hope to get the custody of her daughter wanes from day to day because she has no chance of finding a permanent job. The only thing that makes her happy, but also makes everyone else look down on her, is participation in an audition for a film role in her neighborhood.

international title: A Ballad
original title: Balada
country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France
year: 2022
genre: fiction
directed by: Aida Begić
film run: 120'
screenplay: Aida Begić
cast: Marija Pikić, Jasna Žalica, Milan Tocinovski, Lana Stanišić, Slaven Vidak, Enes Kozličić, Davor Golubović, Amar Čustović
cinematography by: Erol Zubčević
film editing: Redžinald Šimek
producer: Aida Begić, Adis Djapo, Erol Zubčević
co-producer: François D’Artemare
production: Film House Sarajevo, Les Films de l'Après-midi

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