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Quo Vadis, Aida?

Directed by Jasmila Žbanić
Bosnia and Herzegovina
103 minutes
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Inspired by true events, Jasmila Žbanić’s (Grbavica) gripping, Oscar-nominated thriller sees a UN translator in Srebrenica attempting to save her family as conflict rages around them.
Bosnia, July 1995. As the Serbian army encroaches, Aida (Jasna Ðuricic) and her family are amongst over 30,000 people seeking refuge in a UN peacekeeper military base. Using her modest connections, she manages to get her husband and two sons into the relative safety of the base. Aida believes in the values of the UN and in its ability to de-escalate the situation. But it soon becomes clear that the Serbian army has no intention of respecting the UN ultimatum and that the UN has limited means or will to enforce it. Privy to the flailing negotiations, Aida becomes increasingly desperate as she manoeuvres to keep her family safe. Žbanic, a survivor of the war herself, won the Berlinale Golden Bear for her astonishing first feature Grbavica (2006), and also explored the lingering impact of the war in For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (SFF 2014). With Quo Vadis, Aida? she takes her vital filmmaking – as important in documenting the past as it is cautionary for our present – to new levels of immediacy and power.

Jasmila Žbanic was born in Sarajevo in 1974. Her feature debut Grbavica won the 2006 Berlinale Golden Bear, and her second film On the Path appeared in the Berlinale Competition in 2010. Her other films include For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (SFF 2014), Love Island and the documentary One Day in Sarajevo. Quo Vadis, Aida? was a 2021 Academy Award nominee for Best International Feature.
Profoundly moving. Žbanić musters real tragic power and clear-eyed compassion revisiting history 25 years on.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
This is a fiercely impressive recreation of impossible dilemmas that should never have arisen, a situation that never should have happened and a human catastrophe that must never be forgotten.
Jessica Kiang, Variety


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Official Competition, On Demand
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey
In Bosnian, English and Dutch with English subtitles
Jasmila Žbanić
Damir Ibrahimović, Jasmila Žbanić
Jasna Đuričić, Izudin Bajrović, Boris Ler
Christine A. Maier
Jaroslaw Kaminski
Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Religion & Belief, Women Directors
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Palace Films
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