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Death in Sarajevo

Smrt u Sarajevu

Directed by Danis Tanović
Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, 2016


At the Hotel Europa, the manager Omer prepares to welcome a delegation of diplomatic VIPs. On the centenary of the assassination that is considered to have led to World War I, an appeal for peace and understanding is supposed to start from here. But the hotel staff have other worries.

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Death in Sarajevo Directed by Danis Tanović
Tanović sketches a portrait of a nation that puts more effort into polishing cutlery memorializing Kirk Douglas than catalyzing social change. It’s a bleak, ominous diagnosis that can be extended to the whole of modern Europe, and one for which Tanović is entirely unapologetic. This tragicomedy asks how many times a continent can die and not draw any new conclusions from the experience.
September 02, 2016
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Effectively the ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s film scene, Danis Tanovic, whose debut feature No Man’s Land won the foreign language Oscar 15 years ago, has remained the country’s foremost teller of hard truths in forms that could be described as parable-like: too ripped-from-the-headlines to be viewed from a safe, glass-encased distance, but told using clever, O. Henry-style twists and reversals. Death in Sarajevo takes that schema and applies it to the classic Grand Hotel template.
July 17, 2016
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Death in Sarajevo, which the jury considered worthy of its Grand Prize Silver Bear, is nothing more than another fraud by one of contemporary cinema’s foremost charlatans.
April 29, 2016
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