An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Feature length film
Bosnian, Roma
Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia
A Roma family lives far from the urban centres of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif salvages metal from old cars and sells it to a scrap-dealer. The mother Senada keeps the house tidy, cooks, bakes and cares for their two small daughters. One day, she feels a sharp pain in her abdomen. At the hospital she is told there is something wrong with the baby she is carrying. She is at risk of septicaemia and they must operate immediately. But Senada has no medical insurance and the hospital’s head refuses to treat her. A race against time together with a mounting sense of hopelessness played by a cast of non-professional actors re-enacting an episode from their own lives.

Senada Alimanović, Nazif Mujić, Sandra Mujić, Šemsa Mujić

  • Berlin International Film Festival 2013 – Winner – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Competition Special Mention,
  • Winner – Silver Berlin Bear – Jury Grand Prix – Danis Tanović,
  • Silver Berlin Bear – Best Actor – Nazif Mujić
  • Golden Berlin Bear – Nominee – Danis Tanović
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2013 – Official Selection – Contemporary World Cinema
  • Goteborg Film Festival 2014 – Nominee – Telia Award
  • Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards
  • CPX:DOX 2013 – Nominee – CPH:DOX Award
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  • Director and scriptwriter: Danis Tanović
  • Director of Photography: Erol Zubčević
  • Editing: Timur Makarević
  • Sound design: Samir Fočo
  • Co-producers: Danijel Hočevar
  • Co-production: Asap Films, Vertigo
  • Producers: Amra Bakšić Čamo, Čedomir Kolar
  • Production: SCCA/
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