Quo Vadis, Aida?

a film by Jasmila Žbanić. 

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Aida is working as a trans­la­tor for the UN at their camp in Srebrenica, when nego­tia­ti­ons go awry and events quick­ly heat up. As the tro­ops of the Bosnian Serbs led by Ratko Mladić mobi­li­ze, thou­sands of scared Bosnians flock to the gates of the camp to find shel­ter the­re. But the UN are not aut­ho­ri­zed to give any sub­stan­ti­al help, and Aida beco­mes torn bet­ween her pro­fes­sio­nal and pri­va­te duties.
The mas­sa­cres com­mit­ted by the Serbian army in Srebrenica in July, 1995 remain an open wound and a taboo to this day, denied by many, dis­cus­sed and taught by very few peo­p­le in the for­mer Yugoslavia. The Bosnian War its­elf has a firm grip on the work of wri­ter-direc­tor Jasmila Žbanić ever sin­ce her ear­ly days as a film­ma­ker. Here she turns histo­ry into a fran­tic (and very real) thril­ler that finds its nar­ra­ti­ve core in Aida’s despe­ra­te strugg­le to save her hus­band and sons. Three hel­p­less men, one fight­ing woman: QUO VADIS, AIDA? offers an unmist­aka­b­ly femi­nist take on the sto­ry of the Srebrenica geno­ci­de. But in the end it is Serbian actress Jasna Djuricic who­se pre­sence, ener­gy, and sheer dedi­ca­ti­on make this film take flight: A simi­lar­ly fier­ce and spellb­in­ding heroi­ne will be hard to find any­whe­re else in Europe’s con­tem­po­ra­ry art house cine­ma. (Stefan Grissemann)


BA/AU/PL/DE/RO/FR/NO/TK/NL 2020, 104 Min.
Regie & Buch: Jasmila Žbanić
Kamera: Christine A. Maier
Schnitt: Jarosław Kamiński
mit: Jasna Đuričić, Izudin Bajrović, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrović, Boris Isaković. Johan Heldenbergh, Raymond Thiry

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