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Grbavica (2006)

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Official Website:
Grbavica Website

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia

Production Companies
Coop 99, Deblokada, Jadran Film, Noirfilm

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Other Titles
• Grbavica (2006)
• Esma's Secret - Grbavica
• Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)

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Genre: Drama

Plot: Single mother Esma lives with her 12-year-old daughter Sara in Sarajevo’s Grbavica neighborhood, where life is still being reconstructed after the 1990s Yugoslav wars.

Unable to make ends meet with the meager government aid she receives, Esma takes a job as a cocktail waitress in a nightclub. Working all night is difficult for Esma physically and it also forces her to reluctantly spend less time with her daughter. Still haunted by violent events in her past, Esma attends group therapy sessions at the local Women’s Center. In addition to relying on her best friend Sabina, Esma also finds a kindred spirit in Pelda, a compassionate male co-worker from the nightclub.

Feisty tomboy Sara begins to put soccer aside as she develops a close friendship with classmate Samir. The two sensitive young teenagers feel a strong bond because both lost their fathers in the war. But Samir is surprised to hear Sara doesn’t know the details of her father’s noble death. Sara’s father becomes an issue when she requires the certificate proving he died a shaheed, a holy war martyr, so that she can receive a discount for an upcoming school trip. Esma claims acquiring the certificate is difficult since his body has yet to be found. Meanwhile, Esma searches desperately to borrow money to pay for Sara’s

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 Directed by
 Written by
Mirjana Karanovic
Underground, Life Is a Miracle / Hungry Heart, Cabaret Balkan
Leon Lucev
Sto je muskarac bez brkova?, Svjedoci, Kad zvoni?
Jasna Beri
Tu, Dobro ustimani mrtvaci, Pod vedrim nebom
Dejan Acimovic
The Peacemaker, Bal-Can-Can, Remake
Bogdan Diklic
No Man's Land, Cabaret Balkan, Karaula
 Music By
Enes Zlatar
Go West

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