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Esma's Secret (2006)
Grbavica (original title)
Fiction, 90 min
 
Production countries   Bosnia-Herzegovina,Croatia,Austria,Germany
Language   Bosnian
Director   Jasmila Zbanic
Scriptwriter   Jasmila Zbanic
Producer   Barbara Albert
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Plot
Single mother Esma wants to grant her twelve-year-old daughter Sara's wish to participate in a school trip. A certificate proving her father is a war martyr would allow her a discount. But Esma continues to avoid Sara's requests for the certificate. She would rather find a way to pay full price for the trip. She believes not telling the truth about Sara's father is a way to protect both her and her daughter.

Awards
Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival 2006

Peace Film Award at Berlin International Film Festival 2006

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Berlin International Film Festival
Director's Statement
I am fascinated by everyday life, but compared to war, it can seem ordinary, non-dramatic, evenbanal. Yet when the surface of this everyday life is scratched, the whole power of human emotions -- past, present and future -- starts to leak out. 

Grbavica is first of all a story about LOVE. About love that is not pure, because it has been mixed with hate, disgust, trauma, despair. It΄s also about VICTIMS who, though they did not com-mit any crime, they are still not entirely innocent in relation to future generations. Grbavica is also about TRUTH, a cosmic power necessary to progress, and very much needed by society in Bosnia and Herzegovina who must strive to reach maturity.
 
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Dolby Digital
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
 
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