The movie good?:
Tell the story of post-war event in Bosnia to one single mother, her daughter, his friends, his male friend and particularly to the people of Sarajevo in the aftermath of the Balkan War, where people mainly of Bosnian Muslim and Crotian was systematically raped and the men was murdered as what they called as the ‘ethnic-cleansing’. The impact of the war has left unspoken until the adolescent daughter wanted to know the truth about his syahid (martyr) father.
Tell me, it is worth watching?:
Go see it. It just a simple story and easily captures the heart of ours. Its a sad story and a story of hope to the peoples whose family and country once destroyed because of war. Brilliant acting from both the mother and daughter characters.
71 out of 100 (8.8 user score)
ESMA’S SECRET – GRBAVICA (2006) plot:
Set against the backdrop of a former Yugoslavia of the nineteen-nineties, this is a single mother’s anguish of how one must deal with truths and how to cope with a war’s terrible past. With a twelve year old daughter to bring-up, both mother and child come head-to-head when a school trip is in the air and complications and rude awakenings arise from the ashes’ of the cold and callous days of conflict, xenophobia and its secrets.
ESMA’S SECRET – GRBAVICA (2006) Info:
Esma’s Secret – Grbavica is a 2006 film by Jasmila Žbanić about the life of a single mother in contemporary Sarajevo in the aftermath of systematic rapes of Bosniak women by Serbian troops during the war. It was released in the United Kingdom as Esma’s Secret: Grbavica, and in USA as Grbavica: Land of My Dreams.
The film shows, through the eyes of the main character Esma, her teenage daughter Sara, and others, how everyday life is still being shaped by the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. The title refers to a neighbourhood of Sarajevo Esma lives in. The film was an international co-production between companies from Bosnia, Austria, Croatia and Germany; it received funding from the German television companies ZDF and Arte.
It won the Golden Bear at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival and it was Bosnia & Herzegovina’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards.
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
Writers: Jasmila Zbanic
Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic, Leon Lucev, Jasna Beri, Kenan Catic
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Won Golden Bear – Best Film – 56th Berlin International Film Festival 2006
Won Peace Film Award – Berlin Film Festival 2006
Won Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Berlin Film Festival 2006
Won KOSMORAMA award – Best Film
Won Reykjavik Film Festival – Best Film
Won AFI Film Festival – Narrative grand jury prize
Won Brussels European Film Festival – Prize TV Canvas for Best Film and Award Best Actress (to Mirjana Karanović)
Won Ourence Film Festival – Award Best Actress (to Mirjana Karanović)
Won Portland International Film Festival – Audience Award
Won Thessaloniki Film Festival – Woman & Equality Award
Won Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York – Audience Award
Nominated for Hollywood World Awards – Best Film
Nominated for Sundance Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize
Nominated for European Film Awards – Best Film and Best Actress