24.10.2021 / 16:30
Director: Jasmila Žbanić
Producers: Damir Ibrahimović, Jasmila Žbanić, Bruno Wagner, Barbara Albert, Antonin Svoboda, Cristian Nicolescu, Nicolas Eschbach, Eric Névé, Margaux Juvénal, Simon Gabriele, Ewa Puszczyńska
Cast: Jasna Duričić, Raymond Thiry, Reinout Bussemaker,
Poland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Turkey, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020
It was a shock that taught us that the world can turn upside down in an instant. Life is fragile. The system is fragile. This feeling is with me constantly. – says Jasmila Žbanić, director of the Oscar-nominate, shown at the Festival in Venice ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’. As in the famous Golden Bear awarded years ago at the Berlinale ‘Grbavica’, also in her latest film Žbanić takes up the subject of the war in the former Yugoslavia. More specifically, the Srebrenica massacre, where more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered by Serbs in front of international peacekeepers.
But this war is different, because seen through the eyes of women: the director and her title character, translator, desperately trying to stop events that horror no one wants to address. Aida (worth all the awards, outstanding performance by Jasny Đuričić) works at the United Nations base where thousands of civilians gather. Looking for a husband and sons in the crowd, she believes that she will be able to convince someone, explain to someone, beg one signature, negotiate her life. This shocking, throat-catching, deeply moving story about the loneliness of the victim collects sensational reviews and ignites the emotions of viewers. Žbanić’s story is so powerful also because it turns out to be a modern day. Its scenario, in which the helplessness of the victims, the cynicism of the perpetrators, the weakness of institutions and the indifference of the world plays the main role, is repeated more and more often, and we all feel the hunger for solidarity more and more intensely.
It is worth to add that Polish members of the crew also make a significant contribution to this co-production: the music was composed by Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz (‘Charlatan’, ‘Mr. Jones’), it was edited by Jarosław Kamiński (‘Cold War’, ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’), Małgorzata Karpiuk worked on the costumes (‘Blinded by the light’), and the Polish producer of ‘Quo vadis, Aida?’ is Ewa Puszczyńska worked for the Oscar-winning successes of ‘Ida’ and ‘Cold War’.
‘Quo vadis, Aida?’ is an accusation against the United Nations, it is a cry of despair, it is a claim for victims, it is a documentary record of a crime, which is to immortalize in the pages of history the living memory of the events – the greatest genocide since World War II
Michał Piepiórka, Bliżej Ekranu
This is one of those movies after which you sit for an hour with a lump in your throat and you can’t say a word
Kalina Mróz, wyborcza.pl