Death in Sarajevo

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While "Hotel Europa" is on the verge of bankruptcy, it is preparing for the major meeting of the EU, which will mark the centenary of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which was the start of the First World War. While French theater star Jacques (by Jacques Weber) is preparing to read an extract from the drama "Hotel Europa" by Bernard-Henri Levy, the employees of the hotel, down in the cellar, are preparing for a strike and the  journalists on the roof are filming an interview about Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of the Archduke and member of the party "Young Bosnia". The tension is high: the manager of the hotel (by Izudin Bajrovic) is ruthless in dealing with his employees, the journalist decides to interview a Serb nationalist bearing same name as the assassin a hundred years ago, G. Princip (by Muhamed Hadzovic). The film is a masterful study of such themes as the memory, existential fears and moral issues, and is  brilliantly captured by the camera of Erol Zubcevic. 


Berlin International Film Festival 2016 - won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Silver Berlin Bear award.

Jerusalem Film Festival 2016 - nominated for the Best International Film award.

Danis Tanovic

Danis Tanović is a Bosnian film director, producer and screenwriter. The themes he is working on are inspired by his personal war experience: as the war broke out, he was forced to stop his studies in the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. Shortly after, he formed a film crew and followed the Army of Bosnia and Hercegovina to capture war missions. His feature No Man's Land (2001) won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.