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OSCARS 2011 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tanović goes for second win

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Tanović goes for second win

The Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has announced today that Danis Tanović’s Cirkus Columbia [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danis Tanovic
film profile
]
(see the interview) has been selected as the country’s Foreign Language Academy Award submission.

Co-produced by 2006 (Bosnia), Asap Films (France), Autonomous (UK), Studio Maj (Slovenia), Razor Film Produktion (Germany) and Art & Popcorn (Serbia), Cirkus Columbia is set on the eve of the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, when a Herzegovinian returns to his home village after 20 years of working in Germany, with pockets full of money and a young trophy wife-to-be. He plans revenge against old enemies but soon learns that political turmoil will render his intentions pointless.

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Starring Miki Manojlović, Boris Ler, Jelena Stupljanin and Mira Furlan, the film opened this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival and recently had screenings at Toronto (out of competition) and at Venice (Venice Days) film festivals.

Other candidates from Bosnia were Jasmila Žbanić’s Berlinale competition entry On the Path [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Nedžad Begović’s Sarajevo competitor Jasmina, and Adis Bakrač’s Bosnian/Croatian co-production The Abandoned [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

Tanović already won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2002, for No Man’s Land [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, when Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie was considered to be the definite frontrunner.

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