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Double Bill: Emir Kusturica
1,079 Ratings

Life Is a Miracle

Život je čudo

Directed by Emir Kusturica
Serbia, France, 2004
Comedy, Romance, Music
Double Bill: Emir Kusturica


Bosnia, 1992. Serbian engineer Luka has installed himself in a village with his wife Jadranka and their son. Luka is preparing to build the railroad that will transform the region into a tourist’s paradise. Blinded by his optimism, Luka remains deaf to the increasingly persistent rumblings of war.

Our take

Probably breaking all of the safety rules that ever existed, Emir Kusturica’s Life Is a Miracle is a zany and surrealist vignette of Yugoslavia on the brink of the Bosnian War. A cacophonous, swirling and drunken celebration, with tinges of tragedy and criticism surrounding the conflict.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2004 | Winner: Cinema Prize of the French National Education System

2004 | Special Mention: Palm Dog

César Awards

2005 | Winner: Best European Union Film

Golden Globes (Italy)

2005 | 2 wins including: Best European Film

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