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Grbavica Details


A woman sees her own traumatic past reflected in the actions of her teenage daughter in this drama from first-time writer and director Jasmila Zbanic. Esma (Mirjana Karanovic) is a single mother trying to raise her teenage daughter, Sara (Luna Mijovic), in Sarajevo in the wake of war. While Esma works as a barmaid at a nightclub run by Saran (Bogdan Diklic), a man on the wrong side of the law, she has trouble making ends meet, and receives occasional benefits payments from a support group for women who have been affected by the war. Esma has little interest in talking about the loss of her husband, whom she claims was a hero fighting for Bosnia, and can become hyper-emotional with little provocation. As Pelda (Leon Lucev), one of Esma's co-workers at the club, attempts to interest her in romance, Esma notices that Sara has caught the eye of Samir (Kenan Catic), a rebellious young man who is one of her classmates. As Esma tries to discourage Sara from becoming involved with Samir, she finds fate has forced her to tell her daughter the truth about her father. Grbavica received its world premiere at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 16, 2007


Mirjana Karanovic
as Esma Halilovic
Luna Mijovic
as Sara Halilovic
Leon Lucev
as Pelda
Kenan Catic
as Samir
Dejan Acimovic
as Cenga
Bogdan Diklic
as Saran
Semka Sokolovic
as Pelda's Mother
Jasna Zalica
as Plema
Nada Durevska
as Aunt Safjia
Minka Muftic
as Vasvija
Vanesa Glodo
as Dzemila
Sanja Buric
as Mirha
Mirza Tanovic
as Salesman
Hendrik Massute
as Soldier


Jasmilla Zbanic
Damir Ibrahimovic
Bruno Wagner
Barbara Albert
Jasmilla Zbanic
Christine A. Maier
Enes Zlatar
Composer (Music Score)
Niki Mossböck
Kemal Hrustanovic
Art Director
Boris Michalski
Damir Rihtaric
Lejla Hodzic
Costume Designer
Nenad Vukadinovic
Sound/Sound Designer
Igor Camo
Sound/Sound Designer
Nedzad Begovic
First Assistant Director
Oriana Kuncic
Sevko Tinjak
Properties Master
Mustafa Mustafic
Second Unit Camera
Alen Drljevic
Second Assistant Director
Haris Sarvan
Properties Master
Barbara Albert
Script Supervisor
Thomas Pascher
Production Coordinator