CINEMA, SOUL IN THE EYES
organization Art Promotion

FOR THOSE WHO CAN TELL NO TALES

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina – 2013 – DCP 2k – color – 75’

 

Direction: Jasmila Žbanić

Screenplay: Kym Vercoe, Jasmila Žbanić, Zoran Solomun

Cinematography: Christine A. Maier

Editing: Yann Dedet (F.S.B.)

Set design: Željka Burić

Costumes: Lejla Hodžić

Cast: Kym Vercoe, Boris Isaković, Simon McBurney, Branko Cvejić, Leon Lučev, Jasna Đuričić, Pamela Rabe, Damir Kustura, Saša Oručević, Suvad Veletanlić

Producer: Damir Ibrahimović, Jasmila Žbanić

Production: Deblokada, Doha Film Institute, The Post Republic

World Sales: MPM Film (MOVIE Partners in Motion)

 

SYNOPSIS

Kym, an Australian tourist, decides to travel to Bosnia. Her guidebook leads her to Višegrad, a small town steeped in history, on the border of Bosnia and Serbia. After a night of insomnia in the ‘romantic’ Hotel Vilina Vlas, Kym discovers what happened there during the war. She can no longer be an ordinary tourist and her life will never be the same again.

 

THE DIRECTOR: JASMILA ŽBANIĆ

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Born in Sarajevo in 1974, Jasmila is a graduate of her native city’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre and Film Directing Department. Her feature debut Grbavica won the 2006 Berlinale Golden Bear (as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Peace Prize), the AFI (American Film Institute) Fest Grand Jury Prize, Grand Prix Odyssey of the European Council and was sold to 40 territories with great success. On The Path, Jasmila’s second feature film, premiered at the 2010 Berlinale, in the Competition section and was distribution on 25 territories and won numerous awards. Her fourth feature film, the romantic comedy Love Island co-written with Bosnian-American author Aleksandar Hemon is currently in postproduction.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

As in the aftermath of any war, the people who led the war in Bosnia are still part of the police, judiciary, educational institutions, and politics. These people protect war criminals and are closely connected. We were warned that making a film like this could be very dangerous and that we were not safe in Višegrad. But the film had to be shot in Višegrad and we decided to take that risk, while doing everything in our power to minimize the actual risk. For example, we did not tell the people from Višegrad what kind of film we were making. We made that choice so as to protect them from any unpleasant consequences. My friend from Serbia introduced himself as the film director, so that we would not attract attention. All of this – the topic of the film, and then the atmosphere of Višegrad where the horror of war crimes is felt at every step – made filming difficult. Every night I would wake up with nightmares. There are many people who do not want the Višegrad events to be talked about. Peace in post-war countries is anything but romantic”.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2003 Images From The Corner (doc)

2004 Birthday (short, part of the omnibus Lost and Found)

2006 Grbavica

2007 Builder’s Diary (doc)

2008 Participation (short, part of the omnibus Stories On Human Rights)

2009 Na Putu (On The Path)

2013 For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

 

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2013 Toronto IFF

2013 San Sebastian IFF