Death in Sarajevo / Smrt u Sarajevu
France, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016

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directed by Danis Tanoviæ, drama, 85 min, eng subtitles written by Danis Tanoviæ, based on Bernard-Henri Lévy’s play Hôtel Europe
with Jacques Weber, Izudin Bajroviæ, Snežana Vidoviæ, Vedrana Seksan, Muhamed Hadžoviæ

Thursday 6.10.2016 - 19.00, Neimënster (Salle Krieps)
Saturday 15.10.2016 - 18.00, Cinématheque

Set in a Sarajevo hotel and revolving around the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the film reflects upon both contemporary Bosnian and European societies, and how the past and the present are inseparably interwoven. It switches between three plot lines. On the roof, history and religion are being discussed in an interview with Princip’s fictional descendant, also called Gavrilo. In the middle part of the hotel, the management is eagerly awaiting the French VIP guest, the keynote speaker at the EU gala for the centennial celebration, while at the same time trying to prevent a strike by the staff, who have not been paid for two months. Down in the basement, the underground rules are taking over.
Based on the play Hôtel Europe written by Bernard-Henri Lévy, the film shows us the face of Bosnia’s tormented and frustrated society, while also looking at Europe’s (unfulfilled) role in the country’s formation. This latest film from the Oscar-winning director Danis Tanoviæ, where past and present overlap, giving hope for the neighbouring countries to coexist and to make no distinction between ‘us’ and ‘them’, was awarded the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale this year.

Berlin IFF 2016 (Silver Bear – Grand Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Prize)

Adapté de l’œuvre dramatique Hôtel Europe de Bernard-Henry Lévy, le dernier long métrage du réalisateur bosniaque Danis Tanoviæ, vainqueur d’un Oscar, explore les peurs existentielles, les angoisses et les dilemmes moraux qui tourmentent la société européenne contemporaine. Situé dans un hôtel à Sarajevo dans le cadre du 100ème anniversaire de l’assassinat de l’archiduc François-Ferdinand, le film dresse un contraste entre présent et passé, sans apporter de réponses mais seulement l’espoir d’un futur consensus. Grand prix du Jury (Ours d’Argent) à la Berlinale 2016.

Berlin IFF 2016 (Ours d'argent - Grand Prix du Jury, Prix FIPRESCI)