Bosnia, 1992. Luka, a Serbian engineer from Belgrade, has installed himself in a village in the middle of nowhere with his opera singer wife, Jadranka, and their son, Miloš. Luka is preparing to build the railroad that will transform the region into a tourist’s paradise, connecting Bosnia to Serbia across Podrinje. Utterly engrossed in his work and blinded by natural optimism, Luka remains deaf to the increasingly persistent rumblings of war.
When the conflict explodes, Luka’s life is turned inside out. His wife Jadranka disappears on the arm of a Hungarian musician while his son Miloš is drafted. Ever optimistic, he waits for his family to return, but Jadranka doesn’t come back. Miloš is taken prisoner and the Serbian Army appoints Luka guardian of Sabaha, a Muslim hostage. Before long, Luka has fallen in love with Sabaha but the young woman is destined to be handed over in exchange for a Serbian captive: his son Miloš. Luka passes with Sabaha through an adventure until the trade momentum, after which the two are reunited after the peace. War in former Yugoslavia by acclaimed director Emir Kusturica (Underground).
Emir Nemanja Kusturica, (born 24 November 1954 in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician of Bosnian origin, with a string of internationally acclaimed features.
He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes twice (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground ), and he is also a recipient of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. On 8 September 2007, Kusturica became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, alongside Ana Ivanović, Jelena Janković and Aleksandar Đorđević. Kusturica resides in Drvengrad, a village he had built for his film Life Is a Miracle.
Born to Murat Kusturica (journalist employed at SR Bosnia and Herzegovina Secretariat of Information) and Senka Numankadić (court secretary) young Emir grew up as the only child in a family in a secular Bosnian Muslim family the Sarajevo neighbourhood of Gorica.
After graduating from the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts… read more
Kusturica is a lot of fun, as always. Life Is a Miracle has all the elements we've come to expect from him: dazzling color, slapstick, farm animals, brass bands, bawdy humor, plenty of copulation, and war. It's a bit more polished and less intense than his other works, but still a great effort.