Belvedere (Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010) Directed by Ahmed Imamović In Bosnian, with subtitles in English 90 minutes
Ruveyda is like most residents of the Belvedere refugee camp: a widow yearning to forget the tragedy of war, fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But unlike those around her, she spends most of her days in a bittersweet routine of caring for her extended family, and searching for the remains of her husband and son—both of which offer a precarious hope that is one day tested when her nephew is selected to participate in a reality show in a former enemy enclave. An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, director Ahmed Imamović’s film paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love and above all, forgiveness.
DIRECTOR: Ahmed Imamovic
This film is not about the war but about the consequences of the war.
I think it is even more difficult and gruesome to watch the effects of terror than the act of terror itself. It’s terribly humiliating to watch these women who cannot find the bones [of their murdered loved ones] after 15 years.
We unfortunately have a bloody past but we should not forget it. I’ll be very happy if the audience, in the 90 minutes of the film, feels the discomfort, the nausea that these women have been feeling for the past 15 years.*
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