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Death in Sarajevo (2016)

Smrt u Sarajevu (original title)
The major hotel Europe in Sarajevo will receive an important visit on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, attack that triggered World War. As the manager of ... See full summary »

Director:

Danis Tanovic

Writers:

Bernard-Henri Lévy (based on his play "Hotel Europe"), Danis Tanovic (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Snezana Vidovic Snezana Vidovic ... Lamija (as Snezana Markovic)
Izudin Bajrovic Izudin Bajrovic ... Omer
Vedrana Bozinovic ... Vedrana (as Vedrana Seksan)
Muhamed Hadzovic Muhamed Hadzovic ... Gavrilo
Faketa Salihbegovic Faketa Salihbegovic ... Hatidza
Edin Avdagic Koja Edin Avdagic Koja ... Edo
Jacques Weber ... Jacques
Aleksandar Seksan Aleksandar Seksan ... Enco
Rijad Gvozden Rijad Gvozden ... Rijad
Boris Ler Boris Ler ... Kiki
Luna Zimic Mijovic Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Tajna
Ermin Sijamija ... Sef
Amar Selimovic Amar Selimovic ... Soldo
Mugdim Avdagic Mugdim Avdagic ... Mugdim
Alija Aljevic Alija Aljevic ... Alija
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The major hotel Europe in Sarajevo will receive an important visit on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, attack that triggered World War. As the manager of the place waiting to Jacques, a special French guest, workers in the kitchen preparing a strike because they have spent months without pay and journalist records a television show on the roof.

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Language:

Bosnian | French | English

Release Date:

23 August 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Looking for Europe See more »

Filming Locations:

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Bosnia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017, but it was not nominated. See more »

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2 April 2017 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

Although I thought "No Man's Land" was way overrated, and even though I was skeptical about "Smrt u Sarajevu" being based on a play by French philosophy superstar BHL (Bernard-Henri Lévy), I found this movie to be captivating, surprising, poignant and insightful.

Inside the (really existing) Hotel Europa in Sarajevo, several narrative strings unfold simultaneously. While preparations are underway to commemorate the shooting of Franz Ferdinand and his wife in 1914, which triggered the First World War, on the roof there are talking head interviews by a TV station, an important French actor arrives to rehearse his role, the hotel manager has to deal with an impending strike which would push his house into certain bankruptcy, while in the cellar a mafia figure is running a seedy but profitable night club, and he is making the hotel manager an offer he can't refuse.

This is ultimately a movie about the Yugoslaw wars and the siege of Sarajevo, a subject which surprisingly many films have failed to deal with. "Death in Sarajevo" is a rare exception.


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