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SUMMER IN THE GOLDEN VALLEY

by Srđan Vuletic

synopsis

Fikret Varupa would be a totally ordinary sixteen year old boy from Sarajevo had it not been for an incredible stroke of bad luck. At the traditional Muslim funeral service for his father, he learns that his father owes money to Hamid, a man he does not even know. The debt is considerable and Hamid does not want it to go to the grave with the body, so the debt automatically passes from the father to the son. Since in Bosnia this way of collecting debts, at a funeral, is considered to be utterly humiliating, it is never, ever applied. Fikret and his entire family become subjects of ridicule. Fikret, who is practically still a child, is decisive to "redeem his father's soul". Wishing to repay his father's debt and to secure the forgiveness, Fikret wanders into the real world of Sarajevo, the world that is ruled by post-war chaos, misery and poverty and becomes an ideal target for two corrupted policemen who wish to "help" him.

international title: Summer in the Golden Valley
original title: Ljeto u zlatnoj dolini
country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, Austria
sales agent: Pueblo Films
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Srđan Vuletic
film run: 105'
screenplay: Srđan Vuletic
cast: Haris Sujaric, Kemal Čebo, Zana Narjanovic, Svetozar Cvetković, Aleksandar Serksan, Sadžida Šetic, Emir Hadžihafizbegović
cinematography by: Slobodan Trninić
film editing: Catherine Kelber
art director: Kemal Hrustanovic
costumes designer: Amela Vilić
music: Simon Boswell
producer: Ademir Kenovic, Pierre Spengler, Franz Novotny, Michele de Brocca, Jani Kovic
production: Fildebroc, Clubdeal Ltd (UK), Studio Arkadena (SL), Novotny & Novotny filmproduktion Gmbh (AT)
backing: Fondacija za kinematografiju FBiH, Ministarstvo kulture i sporta Kantona Sarajevo, Gradska uprava Grada Sarajeva Fonds Sud Cinéma, Ministere des Affaires Étrangeres, Ministere de la Culture (Centre National de la Cinématographie), The Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival
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