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Zagreb Film Festival
19 - 25 October 2008

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ZAGREB FILM FESTIVAL
SC - Savska 25
10000 Zagreb
Croatia

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Snow / Snijeg
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Iran , 2008

Directed by: Aida Begić
Script: Aida Begić, Elma Tataragić, Noemie de Lapparent
Producer: Elma Tataragić, Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stoeter, Francois d’Artemare
Production company: Mamafilm, Rohfilm, Les Films de l’ Apres Midi
Cinematography: Erol Zubčević
Editing: Miralem S. Zubčević
Music: Igor Čamo
Cast: Zana Marjanović, Jasna Ornela Bery, Sadžida Šetić, Vesna Mašić, Emir Hadžihafizbegović

Format: boja, color, 35mm
Running time: 99'

Synopsis
Bosnia, 1997. Four women, two old ladies, four girls, an old man and a boy live in the war torn village of Slavno. Their families have been killed and their bodies never found. Living with the presence of their missing loved ones, the women have created a very special world, one in which the absent are nevertheless present. Trying to keep themselves alive by keeping all memories and their dreams, they have made a dreamland out of their village without even being aware of it. But still, they are trying to fight for existence. Slavno is remote from the rest of the world, but the first snow brings the threat of total isolation and risk for life in the village. As it gets closer, Alma, a stubborn young woman in her late twenties, believes they can not only survive but even prosper by selling plum jam and other fruit and vegetable products on a deserted road. Two businessmen unexpectedly visit Slavno demanding the residents to leave the village offering money in return. The villagers face a dilemma: should they accept the offer that could save their lives but destroy their souls?

Awards
2008 Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prix of Semaine de la Critique 2008 Toronto Film Festival - Discovery program

Directors Biography
Aida Begić was born in Sarajevo in 1976. She graduated directing at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000. Her graduation film First Death Experience was presented at Cinefondacion Official Selection of 2001 Cannes Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. In 2003 she directed her second short film North Went Mad. Aida Begić is teaching directing at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and has directed numerous commercials, video spots and promotional films. In 2004 she founded an independent production company Mamafilm together with her colleague Elma Tataragić and Snow is their first feature film.

Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Friday, October 24th at 9.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Friday, October 24th at 20.00
reprisal: EUROPA Cinema, Saturday, October 25th at 10.00



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