Rahima (23) and Nedim (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 with the son of a local strongman and breaks his expensive mobile phone. This incident triggers a chain of events leading Rahima to the discovery that her brother leads a double life.
Aida Begić was born in Sarajevo in 1976. She graduated directing at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. Her graduation film “FIRST DEATH EXPERIENCE” was presented at The Cinefondation Official Selection of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. In 2003 she wrote and directed her second short film “NORTH WENT MAD”. Her debut feature film “SNOW” was part of L’Atelier of Cannes Film Festival 2005 and had premiere at Cannes 2008 – Semaine de la Critique where the film won the Grand Prix and after that more then 20 festival awards all around the world. “Snow” was nominated for European Academy Award – Discovery Section. In 2009 she founded an independent production company FILM HOUSE. In 2010 she wrote and directed short fiction “OTEL” as part of omnibus “Unutma Beni Istanbul”. The same year she was featured in “Take 100”, a compendium of one hundred most promising emerging directors from around the world published by Phaidon. Her second feature… read more
boring, poser, usual neorealistic european cinema stuff that only knows one way to keep the audience interested in what it has to say (not so much): fill the story with so much bad luck and unlucky steretypes that it becomes almost ridiculous. add a main character that wears the hijab as a choice and continuosly touches and fixes this veil, as if to underline that the hijab is always there, should you forget it.