organization Art Promotion

EPIZODA U ŽIVOTU BERAČA ŽELJEZA  / An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker


Bosnia & Herzegovina , France, Slovenia – 2013 – DCP – color – 77’


Direction: Danis Tanović
Screenplay: Danis Tanović
Photography: Erol Zubčević
Editing: Timur Makarević
Sound: Samir Fočo
Cast: Senada Alimanović, Nazif Mujić, Sandra Mujić, Šemsa Mujić
Producers: Amra Bakšić Čamo, Čedomir Kolar
Production: PRO.BA, Asap Films, E-motion film/Vertigo



Senada is 31 and she lives in old Roma neighborhood Poljice in central Bosnia with her partner Nazif and two daughters. She is pregnant with her third child for approximately five months. Since she does not have health insurance, she do not go to the doctor’s – she does not have the money for the appointments. When she starts bleeding, she had to go to the Lukavac Health Center. After an ultrasound scan, a doctor in the Health Center concludes that Senada must urgently go to the City Hospital in Tuzla for an emergency surgery. But in the Hospital Nasif and Senada are given a number of the hospital’s bank account with the request for payment of 500€. They have no money, but the rules are rules. Without a health insurance card and money, Senada returns home. For 10 days, Nazif is trying to save Senda’s life the best he can.



“(…) Tanović’s approach follows the Yugoslav Black Wave of the late 1960s and the works of Želimir Žilnik, Dušan Makavejev and Živojin Pavlović who were winning the main Berlinale awards at the time. The director tells a contemporary story of burning social issues using the exact right channels, just like those film-makers used to do, and although he must have been aware of this fact, it was certainly not his intention just to emulate the old masters. This is arguably Tanović’s most successful film to date (…)” (Vladan Petkovic,



2013 Berlinale – Competition: Silver Bear to Best Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention
2013 Istambul FF: Special Prize of the Jury