Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Danis Tanovic with a Bosnian perspective

Born in Bosnia in 1969 Danis Tanovic studied at the University of Sarajevo Music Conservatory and The Academy of Performing Arts, but stopped studies in 1992 because of the siege of Saravejo  He formed a film unit to follow the war action putting out films and news clips.  In 1995 he went back to school, but this time in Brussels.

"No Man's Land" released in 2001 won Cannes for best screen play, an Oscar as best foreign film and over 40 other awards.  I had assumed it was a very violent movie, but in reality it was more satirical about the absurdity of war.  Branko Djuric was the lead. Members of opposing sides are trapped together with a third man laying on a bomb that will explode if he tries to remove himself.  The United Nations forces are tied up in bureaucracy.

From this experience Danis ended up  serving on the jury for the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

"11'09"01" was a film with 11 directors from 11 countries each given a 11 minute segment to commemorate 9/11.   Different world views, some political.  One that impressed me dealt with the overthrow of Allende (with American help) which also occurred on a September 11th, but over 25 years previously.  There did seem to be some anti-American bias, but most of the small features demonstrated what a shock it was and how people handled it from different corners of the world.  Danis' segment was sympathetic about the American tragedy.  Released in 2002

"L'enfer" (meaning "Hell") was a film he directed that had been written by a Polish duo Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piewsiweicz (famous for the "Red" " White" and "Blue" trilogy) with a French cast.  Not seen, but highly rated.  Released in 2005  Supposed to be part of another trilogy by the Polish writing duo.

"Triage" released in 2009 in English starring  Colin Farell, Paz Vega, Christopher Lee, Kelly O'Reilly  War time photographers go through horrors of war.  Home based in Ireland.  Christopher Lee impressed me the most.  Branko Djuric in the special features claimed he had to learn English in a matter of a few weeks; seems hard to believe, but he does speak several Balkan languages.

Cirkus Columbia" was set just before the outbreak of war in Bosnia and Herzogovina.  There are hints throughout, about the impending disaster, but basically this is a family drama  Released in 2010.  Actors included Predrag Manojiovic, Mira Furlan and Jelena Stupijanin.

An "Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker," was directed and written by Danis.  Set in Bosnia focusing on a family of Roma (gypsies) in a desperate situation.  Released in 2013 and won an award at the Berlin Film Festival.  Not yet accessible for me.

"Tigers" which is still not released although having done well in festivals caught me off guard.  I recognized the name--Emraan Hashmi of Bollywood fame as the lead actor.  It appeared at the Toronto Inernational Film Festival 2014 to good effect.   It portrays the true story of Syad Aamir Raza, a pharmaceutical sales rep who became a whistle blower when he discovered the fatal misuse of his company's product.  He suffered a great deal.  Danis sympathized with the dilemma and realized similar practices are too prevalent.

There is an unreleased documentary "Looking for Europe" 2015.

After living in Paris for a few years Danis now lives with wife and five children in Sarajevo where he teaches film directing at the University of Sarejevo.  Has worked in several countries and languages.  Looking forward to his future movies (plus ones I have not yet seen).

A little extra explanation:  http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/09/what-keeps-me-blogging-and-what-i-have.html



  1. Learning second language would give one self confidence to look the world in a different perspective. You have made me to realize that in a moment on reading this article. Thanks for sharing this in here. By the way you are running a great blog.

    German Language Classes in Chennai | French Class in Chennai

  2. Im no expert, but I believe you just made an excellent You certainly understand what youre speaking about, and I can truly get behind that.
    German Language Course in Chennai|German Course in Chennai|French Course in Chennai

  3. Interesting article. Thank you for your nice post. ERP in Chennai

  4. Excellent post! Thank you for Sharing. We are the best erp software providers in chennai. For more details call +91 9677025199 or email us on info@bravetechnologies.in ERP in Chennai | ERP Providers in Chennai


  5. Interesting post! This is really helpful for me. I like it! Thanks for sharing!
    office 2016 professional plus deutsch download


  6. Interesting post! This is really helpful for me. I like it! Thanks for sharing!
    office 2016 professional plus deutsch download


  7. Interesting post! This is really helpful for me. I like it! Thanks for sharing!
    WebDesign Lüdenscheid

  8. I ‘d mention that most of us visitors are endowed to exist in a fabulous place with very many wonderful individuals with very helpful things. software testing training in chennai

  9. Thanks For Your valuable posting, it was very informative
    Regionalmarketing Südwestfalen 

  10. Great and interesting blog, thanks for sharing your information... keep rocks and updating...
    No.1 MBA Project Center in Chennai | No.1 MBA Project Center in Velachery

  11. Very happy to see this blog. Gives a wonderful information with coded explanation. Thank you for this blog. very useful to me.
    Java Training Center in Chennai | Best J2EE Training Center in Chennai | No.1 Java Training Institution in Velachery | Core Java Training in Chennai

  12. I am really enjoying reading your well-written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work.
    VMware Training in Chennai
    VMware course in Chennai
    Vmware Learning
    Automation Anywhere Training in Chennai
    AWS Training in Chennai
    Azure Training in Chennai
    VMWare Training in Velachery
    VMWare Training in Tambaram
    VMWare Training in Adyar