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Jasmila Žbanić gets on Love Island

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- Berlinale-awarded Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić began shooting her new film Love Island in Croatia last week

Jasmila Žbanić gets on Love Island

Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, awarded with Berlinale’s Golden Bear for Grbavica [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Barbara Albert
interview: Jasmila Zbanic
film profile
]
in 2006, has started the principal photography of her new film Love Island in Croatia last week.

Co-written by Žbanić and famous Bosnian novelist Aleksandar Hemon and starring Ariane Lebed (best actress award in Venice in 2010 for Attenberg [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Athina Rachel Tsangari
film profile
]
), Ada Condeescu (last seen in Catalin Mitulescu’s Loverboy [+see also:
trailer
interview: Ada Condeescu
film profile
]
), Franco Nero, and Leon Lučev, who also co-produces the film, Love Island tells the story of a pregnant French woman who lives in Sarajevo with her Bosnian husband and their daughter. They go for a vacation at a Croatian island, where things get complicated when they all become attracted to a beautiful woman.

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The project was subject to controversy in 2011 when it was rejected by the Cinema Fund of the Ministry of Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the grounds that the script “promotes pedophilia”. After that, it was moved to Croatia, where it received funding from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and later from Swiss and German funds, as well as Eurimages and the MEDIA programme.

Co-produced by Croatia’s Produkcija Živa, Germany’s Komplizen Film, Switzerland’s Okofilm Productions and Bosnia’s Deblokada, the film will be handled internationally by The Match Factory.

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