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Black Kites (1996)

| Short | 1997 (USA)
A film of survival based on the true journals of an artist during the siege of Sarajevo.



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Credited cast:
Lucian Buscemi
Talia Kagan
Maryette Charlton
Lillian Kiesler
Lucy Sexton
Ira Paneth
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The Father
Narrator / Voiceover
Mimi Goese


Based on 1992 journals of Bosnian visual artist Alma Hajric who was forced into a basement shelter to survive the siege of Sarajevo, Black Kites is the outcome of a chance encounter between Hajric and filmmaker-choreographer Andres. Focusing on Hajric's inner landscape, it skillfully merges reality-based content with interpretive visual material to reveal the simple, sometimes beautiful, yet brutal truth of her existence. Non-linear, dreamlike and spectral, Black Kites is a testament to artistry, imagination and the resiliency of the human psyche. Written by Anonymous

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1997 (USA)  »

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Schwarze Drachen  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A woman and her family hide in a basement room under a theatre during the siege of Sarajevo in 1992
11 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Anyone who loves non-abstract art and poetry, lovingly translated to film, will like this short. There is no dialog except for the narrator, who tells the story directly from the author's words in her diary. Mira Furlan has the perfect voice for narration; it is melodic and romantic with deep sultry tones that draw the viewer into the story. She also sings a capella a children's song at the end of the film. The Buscemi family is very involved in the visuals, and their talents are obvious and commendable. The cinematography is also excellent. The claustrophobic feeling of the underground home is prevalent in the lighting choices and camera angles.

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