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by Jasmila Žbanić


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: Grbavica
original title: Grbavica
country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Austria, Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2006
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 Karanović, Luna Zimic Mijovic, Leon Lucev, Kenan Catic, Jasna Beri, Dejan Acimovic, Bogdan Diklić, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Ermin Bravo, Hasija Boric
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, 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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