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Snow (2008)
Snijeg (original title)
Fiction, 100 min
 
Production countries   Bosnia-Herzegovina,Germany,France
Languages   Bosnian,English
Director   Aida Begic
Scriptwriters   Aida Begic, Elma Tataragic
Producer   Elma Tataragic
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Plot
In Bosnia, 1997, only six women, one old man, and a few children live in the war-torn village of Slavno. Their families have been killed - though their bodies were never found - the villagers have created a very special world, one in which the absent are still very much present. One day, two businessmen show up unexpectedly, demanding that the residents leave Slavno in return for money. But when a sudden storm traps them in town, it forces the outsiders to face something bigger than anticipated - the truth.
Director's Note
War is one of the most essential situations one can experience because of the constant closeness of death. If death follows you in peacetime, then peace continues to be as essential as the war was. Peacetime is sometimes more complicated than the war. Materialism takes its role very fast and all the essential things you΄ve learned during the war you start to forget. People are running for their own place on Earth, discovering that the Earth has not stop turning in the meantime. Still, the past cannot be forgotten and the future cannot clear the past. Life in illusion will not help anyone buy a ticket to United Europe, because the tumor of the lie will spread and eat everything that lives.
This relationship between life and death, war and peace, past and future creates a lot of absurdities in the lives of people in my country. It creates a lot of questions but gives no answers. Pain and joy, love and hate, east and west are all happening and clashing at the same time. All this makes my country and people very special, but it is not always easy to find a way out of postwar confusion and injustice. It is not easy to have dreams and believe they can come true.
The inhabitants of Slavno find the strength to resist and to dream their own dreams, even if sometimes they are nightmares. Freedom is a possibility of choice and they will fight for it!
If you imagine a completely devastated village filled with beautiful flowers, large fruit and clean water, then you will understand the essence of a poetry which shows that construction is far more powerful than destruction.
Today in 2008 it may sound overly romantic to insist that the struggle for truth and freedom is worthwhile. But maybe we just need to be reminded. If art is not there to remind us, then what is?
 
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio   1.85:1
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
 
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Snow at Mama Film
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