Home Page
20 Aug 14

Same-Sex Comedy Tickles Sarajevo Festival-Goers

‘Love Island’, by Jasmila Zbanic and Aleksandar Hemon - which tackles the thorny issue of same-sex love from a comic angle - got a warm reception at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN Sarajevo
  Grebo, Liliane and Flora

A comic tale of spouses who find themselves confronted with old and new loves on a vacation in a resort met applause from the audience that watched it at the weekend at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

The latest film by award-winning Bosnian Jasmila Zbanic was another taboo-breaking achievement, dealing tactfully with issues of homosexuality.

A typical Bosnian man, Nedzad Grebo, played by Ermin Bravo, and his non-typical French wife, Liliane, played by Ariane Labed, are enjoying their summer vacation in a beach resort on the Croatian coast.

Grebo is a Bosnian with strong traditional convictions, which lend the film many comic scenes.

Meanwhile Liliane meets the hotel resort’s entertainer, Flora, who turns out to be her former lover with whom Liliane had an unresolved affair.

Flora, Grebo and Liliane are confronted with a dilemma when, despite the fact that she is soon to give birth, Liliane tells Grebo that she still loves her and wants to stay with her.

On receiving this shocking news, Grebo seems unable to comprehend the fact that his pregnant wife is leaving him for another woman. How can he explain this to his mother, he asks?

After the screening on the second night of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Zbanic said she hoped the film would bring “a wind of change” to Bosnia - Wind of Change being a song that Grebo performs at the hotel resort.

Speaking on Sunday within the film festival conversation session, the director said the aim had been to make something different.

The screenplay was written by her and by the Bosnian-American writer, Aleksandar Hemon, she recalled.

“When Hemon and I talked about the film we wanted it to be positive, funny movie with a happy ending,” she said.

“Good and bad criticisms are normal. I don't expect people to react to it in a good way right now, I want them to understand it and accept it,” she added.

“During the premiere of the film I was very nervous and was trembling but when I heard the applause afterwards, I was very, very happy,” she continued.  Suffice to say that Love Island does indeed end happily.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Culture Policy Focus

nikola-tesla-museum-faces-uncertain-future-09-11-2017
12 Sep 17

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum Faces Uncertain Future

The Nikola Tesla Museum’s building must be handed over to the heirs of its pre-war owners, but it’s unclear when plans to rehouse it in a derelict power plant will be realised.

23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

Blog

/en/file/show//Images/Images.New/Bloggers/Srdjan Garcevic Blog.jpg
14 Aug 17

Urbanite Belgraders Hug Concrete, Not Trees

Belgraders may be famed for wild partying but they have little interest in exploring wilderness of the natural kind.  

 

Reviews

08 Jan 14

Retracing Edith Durham’s steps

22 Apr 13

Cheap and Cheery Beers in the Office

18 Mar 13

Diagnosing Kosovo