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24 Jan 13

Berlin Festival Showcases Heroic Bosnian War Story

After its world premiere at the Sundance Festival, Krugovi, a new movie based on a true story about a Bosnian Serb who saved a Muslim in the Bosnian war, will have its European premiere at the Berlinale. 

Nemanja Cabric
BIRN Belgrade

The movie, Krugovi, (Circles), by Srdan Golubovic, will be presented in Berlin on February 11, after which it will have three more screenings.

According to the director, the movie is about the consequences of a heroic act, payback, and waiting for good to triumph. It has a parallel storyline taking place at three locations: Belgrade, Halle, Germany, and Trebinje, in Bosnia.

Srdjan Koljevic and Melina Pota Kolevic wrote the script based on a true story about a Bosnian Serb who saved a Muslim during the war, only to be killed later on by his fellow soldiers.

The movie shows the swings of fate and destiny – a son of a soldier who killed Marko now asks for a job at his father’s church building site, while Marko’s best friend, a Belgrade surgeon, played by Nebojsa Glogovac, faces a dilemma about whether to operate on the man who killed Marko. In the third story, Haris, the Bosniak Marko saved in the war, played by Leon Lucev, now married and living in Halle, has a chance to repay his debt by helping his fiancée.

As Golubovic told Belgrade's B92: “The movie circles develop concentrically around the original heroic act.”

Audiences know Golubovic for his award winning, Oscar-shortlisted movie, Klopka, (The Trap), which received attention in 2007 at the festival, despite not being selected for the competition.

The new movie did not enter the competition programme this year, either, and will be screened as a part of the Forum programme, which deals with films about social upheaval, times of transition and periods of change.

The 43rd Berlinale Forumis showing 41 films in the main programme, 22 of which are world premieres and 10 international premieres.

Circles was premiered on January 18 at the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah. This was the first time a movie from the region was selected among the 12 movies in the World Dramatic Competition of the festival founded by Robert Redford in 1984.

The cast also includes Aleksandar Bercek, Nikola Rakocevic, Hristina Popovic, Vuk Kostic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic and Marko Janketic.

The movie was made as a Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, German and French coproduction.

Circles will have its premiere in Serbia during the FEST International Film Festival, which takes place from February 22 to March 3. 

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