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Death in Sarajevo

  • Directed by Danis Tanović
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina/France, 2016, 85 mins., Bosnian/French/English

Tanović’s deft and dizzying thriller satirically illuminates the conflicts that have torn the Balkans apart for a century. On the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, the event that precipitated World War I, dignitaries have arrived at the luxe Hotel Europa to commemorate. But the hotel is in chaos. The staff is about to strike, and the manager is courting gangsters at the hotel nightclub for strong-arm help. Everywhere else, tensions of all sorts seem to be reaching climax. This year’s Bosnian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and winner of the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival. In Bosnian and French with English subtitles.

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Reviews: Variety, The Guardian (UK), Cinema Scope, The Film Stage, Indiewire

Interviews: Interview with Danic Tanovic at The Upcoming

 

Filmography: Tigers (2014), Triage (2009), Hell (2005), No Man’s Land (2001)