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17 Jan 13

Oscar Winner Tanovic to Premiere in Berlin

Bosnian director Denis Tanovic will compete for a prize at the Berlin International Film Festival with his new movie ‘An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker’.

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Tanovic’s competition for the main prizes at the 63rd Berlinale will be strong considering that film world luminaries such as Steven Soderbergh, Emmanuelle Bercot,  Gus Van Sant and many more will be tussling for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Bear awards with their latest movies in the German capital from February 7-17.

‘An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker’ (‘Epizoda u zivot beraca zeljeza’), Tanovic’s new documentary drama, addresses alienation in contemporary society through the true story of a marginalised family struggling to find money to pay for an abortion.

If Nazif doesn't miraculously find 980 euro by selling old iron, his wife may die. As they ask for help from various NGOs and government institutions, the couple get a deeper insight into the cruelty of the world they live in.

The main roles in the film are played by amateurs Nazif and Senada Mujic.

The movie is a co-production between the Centre for Contemporary Arts Sarajevo, French production company ASAP and Vertigo/Emotionfilm from Ljubljana in Slovenia. It was mostly funded by the Foundation for Cinematography Sarajevo, as well as various other companies, sponsors and donors.

Tanovic, who in 2001 won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his Balkan war movie ‘No Man's Land’, has also presented his work at the Cannes and Venice film festivals but is showing in the Berlinale's competition programme for the first time.

His last film, 2010’s ‘Circus Columbia’, about a man’s return to his Bosnian hometown, got a good response from domestic and international audiences and won awards in Kosovo, Thessaloniki, Antalya and Venice.

The 2013 Berlinale will open with a screening of the movie ‘The Grandmasters’ by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai, who will also act as the president of the international jury for the competition programme.


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