Sunday 18 November
My Aunt in Sarajevo
Goran Kapetanovic, 58 minutes, Drama, in Swedish and Bosnian with English
subtitles, Sweden/Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016
Followed by a discussion with the director Goran Kapetanovic
50 years old, has not been in Bosnia since he left the country as a war
refugee more than 20 years ago. His only contact with Bosnia consists in
sending money to a woman, who takes care of his old aunt. His Swedish-born
daughter Anja wants to know more about her Bosnian roots, but Zlatan makes an
effort to hide and suppress his painful memories and is not eager to tell her
anything. As Zlatan’s attempts to stop her travelling to Sarajevo fail, he
reluctantly decides to go with her. The reunion with the home country brings
both absurd surprises and secrets from the past.
A compelling film directed by Goran Kapetanovic, who fled to Sweden from a
war-torn Sarajevo and hereby wanted to show to his own two daughters the city
as he remembered it.
“My Aunt in Sarajevo” has received Best Director and Best Supporting Actress
at The Guldbagge Awards, the Special Jury Mention at SEEfest in Los Angeles,
Best Feature Narrative Film, Best Acting Performance, Audience Award at
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival. It was screened at Filmfest Hamburg,
Sarajevo Film Festival and Gothenburg International Film Festival.