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by Aida Begić


Rahima (23) and Nermin (14) are orphans of the Bosnian war. They live in Sarajevo, a transitional society that has lost its moral compass, including in the way it treats children of the people who were killed fighting for the freedom of their city. After crime-prone adolescent years, Rahima has found comfort in Islam and she hopes her brother will follow in her footsteps. Their life of bare survival becomes even more difficult after Nedim gets into a fistfight at school with the son of a local strongman. This incident triggers a chain of events leading Rahima to the discovery that her young brother leads a double life…

international title: Children of Sarajevo
original title: Djeca
country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Aida Begić
film run: 90'
release date: IT 03/01/2013, FR 20/03/2013, HU 27/06/2013, DE 07/11/2013
screenplay: Aida Begić
cast: Marija Pikic, Ismir Gagula, Bojan Navojec, Sanela Pepeljak, Vedran Djekic, Mario Knezović
cinematography by: Erol Zubcevic
film editing: Miralem Zubčević
art director: Sanda Popovac
costumes designer: Sanja Dzeba
producer: Aida Begić, François D'Artemare, Benny Drechsel, Semih Kaplanoğlu
production: Film House Sarajevo, Rohfilm GmbH, Les Films de l'Après-midi, Kaplan Film/Istanbul
backing: Eurimages
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Kitchen Film, Barnsteiner Film


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2012Un Certain Regard, Special mention
Sarajevo Film Festival 2012
La Rochelle Film Festival 2012
Warsaw Film Festival 2012
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013
Seattle International Film Festival 2013

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