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Warchild (2006)

Years after the end of the Bosnian war, a woman finds evidence that her young daughter, who disappeared during the war, might have survived and been adopted by a German family.


Christian Wagner


Edin H.-Hadzimahovic (as Edin Hinrichs-Hadzimahovic)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Labina Mitevska ... Senada
Senad Basic Senad Basic ... Samir
Katrin Saß ... Frau Jandrasko
Crescentia Dünßer Crescentia Dünßer ... Beate Heinle
Otto Kukla Otto Kukla ... Lars Heinle
Joelle Ludwig Joelle Ludwig ... Aida / Kristina
Mimi Fiedler ... Marija (as Miranda Leonhardt)
Heinrich Schmieder Heinrich Schmieder ... Tony
Zdenko Jelcic Zdenko Jelcic ... Dzigera
Milena Zupancic Milena Zupancic ... Munira
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gottfried Breitfuss Gottfried Breitfuss
Barbara Cerar
Marija Culum Marija Culum ... Slava
Fabienne Dussaussois Fabienne Dussaussois ... Lina
Isolde Fischer Isolde Fischer ... Marlies


Senada, a young mother whose only daughter Aida was removed from Bosnia-Herzegovina during the worst years of the war and presumably adopted into a Western European family. Searching for her after the war, Senada enters illegally into Germany, where she discovers through a social worker the harsh truth of postwar adoption: Aida is alive and well and living happily with a German family. Dark secrets emerge, leaving no one unscathed. Written by AnonymousB

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]


Germany | Slovenia


German | Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Izginuli See more »

Filming Locations:

Slovenia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Impressive movie from Germany
26 November 2006 | by humborgSee all my reviews

Warchild is an extraordinary piece showing the two colliding worlds of people from post-war Bosnia and a Western Europe state (Germany as an example). The opening scene with a shot covering the former Olympic Stadium of Sarajevo with its graveyards nowadays sets the right tone from the start. The movie is about the desperate search of a mother for her child. Luckily the child does not play a major role in the film. This is allows to focus on the mother who is personated by Labina Mitevska. Her performance is great and persuading, you believe her kismet through the whole film. Director Christian Wagner mentioned in the Q&A after the London screening during the German film festival that another ending was planned; it might be debated if the new ending fulfills audience's expectations; but you never know either what the original plan was.

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