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A Stranger (2013)
Obrana i zaštita (original title)
Fiction, 87 min
Production countries   Croatia,Bosnia-Herzegovina
Languages   Croatian,Bosnian
Director   Bobo Jelcic
Scriptwriter   Bobo Jelcic
Producer   Zdenka Gold
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The story takes place in Mostar, a town divided into the Croatian and the Bosnian side even twenty years after the war. The protagonist is a Croat named Slavko and the story revolves around his doubts whether to attend the funeral of his pre-war friend, a Muslim.

Photos by Nikola Predovic

Awards and Nominations

Golden Arena for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film at Pula Film Festival 2013
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor and Special Jury Award at Sarajevo Film Festival 2013
Bauer Award at Motovun Film Festival 2013
Special Mention at 12th Cinedays Awards

Director's Statement
The dilemmas showed in the film become ubiquitous in the practical functioning of the city of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, creating restlessness and tension which calls for a more authentic interpretation. What I mean is that the situation in Mostar is really frustrating. That is why the shots are long, almost documentary, full of daily rituals and topoi. They are almost non-dramatic. They are juxtaposed to sudden, vehement, deep, sometimes surreal, emotive outbursts on the verge of pain, but also to those subdued, restrained expressions of emotions, like a voiceless scream. It all happens in one day, which never seems to end, with no hope of a night-fall. And when the day does end, our main character will probably be content, as if he managed to do something. But he has not. All he did was live another day. Time moves slower when you are waiting, especially if you do not know what it is you are waiting for. A final reminder: the war over there ended a long time ago already, 19 years ago. This is a story about peace.
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Color / Black & White   Color
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Official web site
The Bridge at Croatian Audiovisual Center
The Bridge, Official Facebook Page
» 16th goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film
» International Film Festival. Classic and Avat-garde 2014
» The 11th Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival
» 12th Cinedays Awards
» 24th Ljubljana International Film Festival, 6-17 November 2013
» 24th Ljubljana IFF, Program
» CinEast Film Festival, 9-27 October 2013
» The 19th Sarajevo Film Festival Awards
» The 19th Sarajevo Film Festival from 16 to 24 August 2013
» The 16th Motovun Film Festival 27 to 31 July 2013 - Awards
» The Awards of the 60th Pula Film Festival
» Feature Film Competition at Sarajevo IFF 2013
» 60th Pula Film Festival Croatia from 13 to 27 July 2013
» Seven Balkan producers selected for Producers on the Move networking platform
» Balkan Films At Berlinale 2013
» Sarajevo΄s Work in Progress 2012
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