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ESMA'S SECRET aka GRBAVICA
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic, Leon Lucev, Kenan Catic, Jasna Ornela Berry, Dejan Acimovic, Bogdan Diklic, Emir Hadzihafisbegovic, Ermin Bravo, Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Maike Höhne, Jasna Zalica
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
Countries: Austria / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Germany / Croatia
Language: Bosnian (English subtitles)
UK: 95 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and one use of very strong language
UK Release Date: 15 December 2006 (Limited Release)
Jasmila Zbanic's debut feature centres on the Balkan War's painful aftermath on a Bosnian woman and her daughter. It won a Golden Bear award for Best Film at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.
Esma (Mirjana Karanovic) is living with her 12 year-old daughter Sara (Luna Mijovic) in Grbavica, a quarter of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. When Sara gets the opportunity to take part in a school trip, Esma tries to find a way to pay the full price, instead of taking advantage of a discount by using a certificate to prove Sara's father is a war hero...