Death in Sarajevo

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Death in Sarajevo
Death in Sarajevo.jpg
Film poster
Directed byDanis Tanović
Written byDanis Tanović
StarringSnežana Marković
Music byMirza Tahirović
CinematographyErol Zubčević
Edited byRedzinald Simek
Release date
  • 15 February 2016 (2016-02-15) (Berlin)
  • 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) (Bosnia)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
Box office$6,540[1]

Death in Sarajevo (Bosnian: Smrt u Sarajevu) is a 2016 Bosnian drama film directed by Danis Tanović. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[2][3] At Berlin it won the Jury Grand Prix,[4] as well as FIPRESCI prize for films shown in competition.[5] It was selected as the Bosnian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[6][7]



The film received mixed reviews.[8][9] Jay Weissberg praised the film in Variety as an "expertly modulated choral drama".[10] Stephen Dalton writing for The Hollywood Reporter gave a negative review, noting, "The take-home message that historical narratives are always complex and contentious, especially in the Balkans, is unquestionably true but hardly a profound insight. Not quite a political thriller, not quite a provocative drama, not quite an inspired stage adaptation, Death in Sarajevo is a minor addition to Tanovic's illustrious body of work."[11]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film has an overall approval rating of 69%, based on 14 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 7.6/10.[12]

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  1. ^ "Death in Sarajevo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Jan 11, 2016: Berlinale Competition 2016: Another nine films selected". Berlinale. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Berlin's FIPRESCI Prize goes to Death in Sarajevo". Cineuropa. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Film "Smrt u Sarajevu" Danisa Tanovića bh. kandidat za nagradu Oscar". klix. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  7. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (31 August 2016). "Oscars: Bosnia Selects 'Death in Sarajevo' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  8. ^ Barnes, Henry (16 February 2016). "Death in Sarajevo review". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  9. ^ D'Arcy, David (15 February 2016). "'Death In Sarajevo': Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  10. ^ Weissberg, Jay (15 February 2016). "Film Review: 'Death in Sarajevo'". Variety. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  11. ^ Dalton, Stephen (16 February 2016). "'Death in Sarajevo' ('Smrt u Sarajevu'): Berlin Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Death in Sarajevo (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 26 December 2017.

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