Snijeg za Vodu

Snow for Water | Schnee für Wasser
Wrapped in a blanket, Ema and her younger brother Adi are standing by the window. It is snowing in the besieged city of Sarajevo. Gunfire thunders in the distance. Bucket after bucket they haul snow into the bathtub, to provide water for the family, dreaming of bread with jam, playing boisterously in the courtyard. In a bombed-out building nearby, snipers lurk with loaded guns. A sensitive, yet non-protective observation of childhood in times of war.
by Christopher Villiers
with India Tanović, Hadrian Tanović, Izudin Bajrović, Saša Krmpotić, Amar Čustović, Davor Golubović, Elza Gradaščević
Bosnia and Herzegovina / United Kingdom 2017 Bosnian 15’ Colour empfohlen ab 12 Jahren


  • India Tanović (Ema)
  • Hadrian Tanović (Adi)
  • Izudin Bajrović (Father)
  • Saša Krmpotić (Sniper)
  • Amar Čustović (Spotter)
  • Davor Golubović (Sergeant)
  • Elza Gradaščević (Dead girl)


Written and Directed by Christopher Villiers
Cinematography Louis Brennan
Editing Bojan Mijatović, Ahmed Imamović, Gigi Cone Welch
Music Michael Csanyi-Wills
Sound Design Samir Fočo
Sound Vanja Kurtović
Art Director Lana Pašić
Costumes Neira Sinanbašić
Make-Up Naida Đekić
Assistant Director Mirza Mutevelić
Production Management Mersiha Halilović
Executive Producers Cat Villiers, Emina Ganić, Adnan Cuhara
Producers Christopher Villiers, Mirza Mutevelić
Co-Production The Obala Art Centar Sarajevo

Christopher Villiers

Born in London, UK in 1960, he comes from a family of filmmakers and is an actor, screenwriter and playwright as well as a director of film and theatre. He founded and leads 2020 Casting, one of the UK’s leading film and television casting agencies and passes on his experience in this area in masterclasses and workshops.


2007 Shotgun Wedding; short film 2009 Postcards from the Front; short film 2010 Mathilde of Bayeaux; short film 2015 Four Tails; short film 2017 Snijeg za Vodu (Snow for Water); short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018