Directed and co-produced by Bosnian director and screenwriter and film producer Jasmila Žbanić – winner of the 2006 Berlin Golden Bear for ‘Esma’s Secret’ which marked her feature film debut – this film is for the first time time and in a rather in-depth way, albeit not excessively truculent given the theme, of the Srebenica massacre, a veritable genocide of over 8 000 Bosnian Muslims, mainly males, which took place during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in July 1995 in the city of Srebrenica and its surroundings. The massacre took place in an area that the UN had defined as a ‘protected area’. It was genocide, because, as the International Court of Justice also ruled in 2007, the specific intent of destroying the ethnic group of Bosniaks existed at the origin of the bloody and mass act. Among those convicted was the then president of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Radovan Karadžić, whom the International Criminal Court in The Hague later sentenced to life in prison. A very serious and painful fact that an excellent cast, from the mentioned Bosnian filmmaker to his team of actors headed by an extraordinary Jasna Duričić, to whom I would give the maximum award for an actress, has been able to render in a mix of biographical story, thriller, adventure. , generating in the viewer a sense of belonging to the story and a strong empathy for the characters, in particular for the protagonist of the film, the translator hired by the UN, and for her family in grave danger, father and two grown sons, as well as a wide eye opening on a shameful historical moment, but also on the value of hope that, in spite of everything, keeps us going even when we die inside. Delicate, poetic. Rating: 9.
FILMS IN COMPETITION – OFFICIAL SELECTION. No prize but 8 nominations: Golden Lion for Best Film, Silver Lion for Best Director, Award for Best Screenplay, Coppa Volpi for the best male and female interpretations, Marcello Mastroianni Award, Grand Jury Prize, Green Drop Award
Duration: 104 ‘; Language: Bosnian, English, Dutch Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey
Interpreters: Jasna Đuričić, Izudin Bajrović, Boris Isaković, Johan Heldenbergh, Raymond Thiry, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrović, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Edita Malovčić
Almodovar directs the talented, born in theater, Tilda Swinton, muse of Guadagnino’s films, here the only actress in the expert hands of the great Spanish director. The text that inspired Almodovar is instead French. This is the beautiful writing by Jean Cocteau ‘La voix humaine’, which tells of a woman alone in her room struggling with a telephone in the 1930s, therefore also with the wire that tied the handset to the device, with the switchboard operator the call must pass her, with the terribly frustrating continuous interruptions, and above all in the grip of the obsession of a man who is leaving her right through the handset and the desire to end it. A short one-voice show – indeed for the audience there is also the imagined one of the nameless man who has left his dog to the woman for a few days and who will not return to her even to take it back – so well written that it even appears covertly comic despite its overall drama. In Almodovar’s product, in which some sponsors of the film who opted for product placement are clearly visible, there is almost none of this, even the ending is totally overturned. One could think of a director’s desire, about 90 years after the original work, to modernize the story and the character of her, who in fact speaks all the time with two wireless earphones in her ears (very different from the telephone with the twisted thread with which the protagonist then commits suicide), imagining what a work it would have been if Cocteau had written it today.