The award-winning director of 'Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams' returns with a powerful drama focused one one of the most shameful moments of recent European history.
Synopsis: Srebrenica is no longer just the name of a town. It represents the worst of human cruelty and an act that many had hoped was expunged from European history with the end of the Second World War. Jasmila Zbanic's drama unfolds in 1995, just as the Serbian army have entered the mostly Muslim Bosnia town. Aida is a translator for the UN. Her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. But as an insider to the negotiations, she has access to crucial information that forces her into the untenable position of deciding between her obligation to those she loves and the role that has a wider impact. Zbanic's humanity, locating her story on a relatable level, within an event that many of us might find impossible to comprehend, is what raises 'Quo Vadis, Aida?' far above the level of the standard war film.
Though the film’s title at first seems arbitrary, the Latin quo vadis? (Where are you going?) echoes the Biblical scene when the apostle Peter, fleeing from crucifixion in Rome, meets the risen Christ on the road and asks him this question.
Awards: It was shown in the main competition section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Bosnian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, making the shortlist of fifteen films. It also won the Audience Award at the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Best International Film Award at the 2021 Gothenburg Film Festival. The film has been nominated for the Best International Film at the 36th Independent Spirit Awards as well.
Production companies: Deblokada, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Digital Cube, N279 Entertainment, Razor Film, Extreme Emotions, Indie Prod, Tordenfilm, TRT, ZDF ARte, ORF, BHRT
Cast: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Isakovic, Johan Heldenbergh, Raymond Thiry, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic
Director, screenwriter: Jasmila Zbanic
Producers: Damir Ibrahimovich, Jasmila Zbanic
Director of photography: Christine A. Maier
roduction designer: Hannes Salat
Costume designers: Malgorzata Karpiuk, Ellen Lens
Editor: Jaroslaw Kaminski
Music: Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
Casting: Narcisa Cvitanovic
Venue: Venice Film Festival (Competition)
World sales: Indie Sales