Grbavica

Grbavica

Österreich / Bosnien-Herzegowina / Deutschland / Kroatien 2005/2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Single mother Esma lives with her 12-year-old daughter, Sara, in post-war Sarajevo. Sara wants to go on a school trip and Esma starts working as a waitress in a nightclub in order to earn the money. Sara makes friends with Samir, who, like Sara, has no father. Both of their fathers allegedly died as war heroes. Samir is surprised that Sara doesn’t know the circumstances of her father’s death. Samir’s own father was massacred by Chetniks near Zuc when he refused to leave the trench he was defending. And yet, whenever mother and daughter discuss this delicate topic, Esma’s responses are always vague.


The situation becomes more complicated when the school offers to take pupils on the trip free of charge, provided they can furnish a certificate proving that they are the offspring of a war hero. Esma explains to Sara that her father’s corpse was never found and that she does not possess such a certificate. She promises to try to obtain the document. In reality she attempts to borrow the money Sara needs – from her friend, Sabine, from her aunt and from her boss.

Sara can’t get rid of the nagging feeling that something’s not right. Shocked and bewildered when she discovers she is not mentioned as the child a war hero on the list of pupils on the school trip, she lashes out at a classmate, explaining that her father was massacred on the front near Zuc when he refused to desert his trench. At home, however, she confronts her mother, demanding to know the truth.

Esma breaks down and brutally reveals the painful facts: Esma was raped in a prisoner-of-war camp and forced to have the child that resulted from this violation. All at once, Sara realises that she is the child of a Chetnik. And yet, the knowledge also brings them a step closer to overcoming the trauma…

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Jasmila Žbanić
Assistant director:Nedžad Begović
Screenplay:Jasmila Žbanić
Co-author:Barbara Albert
Director of photography:Christine Anna Maier
Assistant camera:Sandra Merseburger
Lighting design:Jacob Ballinger
Set design:Kemal Hrustanović (Szenenbild)
Prop master:Haris Sarvan, Ševko Tinjak
Make-up artist:Halid Redžebašić
Costume design:Lejla Hodžić
Editing:Niki Mossböck
Assistant editor:Paul Schön
Sound design:Igor Čamo, Tom Weber
Sound:Nenad Vukdinović, Milan Stojanović
Audio mixing:Malte Zurbonsen
Casting:Oriana Kunčić
Music:Enes Zlatar
  
Cast: 
Mirjana KaranovićEsma
Luna Zimić MijovićSara
Leon LučevPelda
Kenan ĆatićSamir
Jasna BeriSabina
Dejan AćimovićČenga
Bogdan DiklićŠaran
Emir HadžihafizbegovićPuška
Ermin BravoLehrer Muha
Semka SokolovićPeldas Mutter
Maike Mia HöhneJabolka
Jasna ŽalicaPlema
Nada DurevskaTante Safija
Emina MuftićVasvija
Dunja PašićMila
Sedina MuhibićMaja
Sabina TuruljaZehra
Vanesa GlodjoDžemila
Sanja BurićMirha
Hasija BorićFadila
  
Production company:Coop99 Filmproduktion GmbH (Wien), Deblokada Filmproduction (Sarajewo), noirfilm Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Karlsruhe), Jadran Film (Zagreb)
in association with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)/Arte (Mainz), PBS - Public Broadcasting Service (US), Javni RTV Servis Bosnien-Herzegovina ()
Producer:Barbara Albert, Damir Ibrahimović, Bruno Wagner
Co-Producer:Boris Michalski, Damir Rihtarić
Producer (TV):Jörg Schneider
Line producer:Mensud Arslanović
Unit production manager:Tanja Aćimović
Location manager:Edo Šarkić
Shoot:02.2005-03.2005: Sarajevo
Original distributor:Ventura Film GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Österreichisches Filminstitut (ÖFI) (Wien), Filmfonds Wien (Wien), MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH (Stuttgart), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Hubert Bals Fund (Rotterdam), Eurimages der EU (Strasbourg)
Length:2586, 94 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 21.06.2006, 106576, ab 12 Jahre, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 01.2006, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Erstaufführung (DE): 12.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 06.07.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 12.02.2009, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (BA) Grbavica
Verleihtitel (DE) Esmas Geheimnis - Grbavica

Versions

Original

Length:2586, 94 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 21.06.2006, 106576, ab 12 Jahre, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 01.2006, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Erstaufführung (DE): 12.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 06.07.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 12.02.2009, Arte
 

Awards

John Templeton Filmpreis 2007
Bester Film des Jahres 2006
 
Jury der Evangelischen Filmarbeit 2006
Film des Monats Juli 2006
 
IFF Berlin 2006
Goldener Bär, Bester Film
Preis der ökumenischen Jury
Friedensfilmpreis