a film by Jasmila Žbanić.
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