My Beautiful Country - Die Brücke am Ibar

Deutschland 2011/2012 Spielfilm

Summary

My Beautiful Country

A moving love story in a time of hatred: During the civil war in Kosovo, the young Serbian widow Danica falls in love with Ramiz, a Kosovo-Albanian soldier who, wounded in battle, seeks refuge in her home on the Serbian side of the River Ibar. Ramiz makes friends with Danica's children as well – but not with her spiteful and jealous neighbor...

Kosovo, 1999. As the civil war between Serbs and Albanians rages, hatred has replaced tolerance, and towns are brutally divided along ethnic lines. The young Serbian widow Danica lives with her two sons Vlado and Danilo in a predominantly Serbian community close to a small town which the River Ibar divides into an Albanian and a Serbian section.

The death of Danica's husband at the hands of the Albanians has left profound traces in the family. Little Danilo has not spoken a word since, and Vlado has become a hooky-playing loner who dreams of owning a bright blue bicycle. In order to be able to afford it, he dives into the Ibar every day to catch fish which the kiosk owner buys from him for a few coins.

In spite of the war, everyone in the community strives to lead normal lives. But one day, Danica returns from town to find a seriously injured Kosovo-Albanian soldier, Ramiz, in her house. Though aware that he is on the run from the Serbian militia, Danica takes Ramiz in and nurses him back to health, thus exposing herself and the children to danger.

Bombs are now falling every day, and a wrecked, burned-out tank destroyed by NATO bombs becomes the children's favorite playground. No one suspects that the bombs have radioactively contaminated the wreck.

The love slowly blossoming between Danica and Ramiz comes to an abrupt end when Ramiz is denounced by Danica's neighbor and has to flee to the Albanian side. The mute Danilo also unwittingly ends up there. Although the bridge over the Ibar has been closed, Danilo's older brother Vlado manages to contact Ramiz, who finds the little boy and vows to bring him back to Danica...

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Credits

All Credits

Director

Screenplay

Translation

Director of photography

Assistant camera

Production design

Make-up artist

Costume design

Executive producer

Line producer

Production coordinator

Post-production

Original distributor

Shoot

    • 23.07.2011 - 06.09.2011: Belgrad und Umgebung
Duration:
91 min
Format:
HD, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.12.2012, 136384, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 03.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 12.12.2013

Titles

  • Weiterer Titel (DE) Die Brücke am Ibar
  • Weiterer Titel (DE) Brothers
  • Originaltitel (DE) My Beautiful Country - Die Brücke am Ibar

Versions

Original

Duration:
91 min
Format:
HD, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.12.2012, 136384, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 03.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 12.12.2013

Awards

Bayerischer Filmpreis 2013
  • Beste Nachwuchsregie
Filmfestival Türkei/ Deutschland 2013
  • Publikumspreis
Stony Brook Film Festival New York 2013
  • Jurypreis
Filmfestival Pula, Kroatien 2013
  • Young Cinephiles Award
Filmfestival Türkei/Deutschland 2013
  • Bester Film
Favourites Film Festival Berlin 2013
  • Publikumspreis, Bester Film
FBW 2012
  • Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2012
  • Debütbiber
  • Publikumsbiber
Filmfest München 2012
  • Lobende Erwähnung
Arras Film Festival, Frankreich 2012
  • Publikumspreis
Bernhard Wicki Friedenspreis 2012
  • Regie Nachwuchspreis
  • Beste Hauptdarstellerin