Isola Bella

documentary-experimental film by Danica Dakić

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, 2008, color, HD


Starting with the issues of cultural and national identity this film is dedicated to those Bosnians and Herzegovinians, who do not reflect their own national identity and who are not in the constructions of national discourses:
The project was realised in collaboration with a puppet theatre group of the Home For Children With Special Needs in Pazaric, Bosnia And Herzegovina. “Isola Bella” is the name of idyllic panorama wallpaper from the 19th century, which is still produced by the manufacture “Zuber&Cie”  in Rixheim, Alsace, and it shows a vision of the world as an inhabited island, untouched by the consequences of industralisation and nationalism. The wallpaper becomes the scenario of a theatre play: the proteges of the Home in Pazaric perform their puppet show from their repertoire.

Director’s Biography:

Danica Dakić makes installations, videos and audio projects in public space, which question physical and global aspects of identity and language, as well as the tensions between collective and individual experiences. She has exhibited in Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1999); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Austria (1999); Kunstsammlung NRW Duesseldorf, (2000); Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, (2001), and the works in public space have been realised in Bratislava and Sarajevo. Danica Dakic was born in Sarajevo, and she studied at academies of fine arts in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Dusseldorf.


Writer, Director: Danica Dakić
D. O. P: Eggbert Trogemann
Producer: Amra Bakšić Čamo