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Kineski zid

Great Wall of China

Chinesische Mauer

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A summer’s day in contemporary Bosnia, twenty years after the last war. A land that conveys the cosy illusion of being at peace enjoying seemingly eternal harmony is basically a country that is also standing still. Eight-year-old Maja is visiting her grandparents in the country. Her three young aunts also live here. She is especially close to her aunt Ljilja, who is something of a confidante and certainly a role model. Ljilja is an artist and the family rebel who refuses to accept the narrow-mindedness and lack of vision that pervades her country. Immediately we sense that she will stir up the familiar family set-up. Everyone is sitting around a large table in the garden, cooking and eating together, the children are paddling in the pool and Maja is larking about with her favourite aunt. She alone notices the tiny signs and knows how to read them. And so she becomes the sole witness of Ljilja’s secret departure for Germany. Faced with the choice of either betraying Ljilja’s plan or letting her go, Maja takes a decisive step in her own life. A story of love and of saying farewell.

Aleksandra Odić

Germany 2017


36’ · Colour · 2K DCP


Elena Matić (Maja)
Tina Keserović (Ljilja)
Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić (Marija)
Anja Stanić (Ana)
Mugdim Avdagić (Miro)
Dejan Zorić (Brano)
Nataša Račić (Dragica)
Marina Pijetlović (Kaća)
Šaban Mujkanović (Bakir)
Vanesa Glodjo (Zlata)
David Šurlan (Tiho)
Martyna Miller (Elza)


Written and directed by
Aleksandra Odić
Director of Photography
Katharina Diessner
Branka Pavlović
Micha Kaplan
Sound Design
Jonathan Ritzel
Ilija Djordjević
Production Design
Nevena Milašinović
Katharina Jockwer
Jovana Vukosavljević
Anila Gajević
Assistant Director
Siniša Galić
Production Manager
Nataša Janković
Executive Producer
Myriam Eichler
Aleksandra Odić


Aleksandra Odić

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a child in 1992 she emigrated to Germany with her family on account of the war. In Germany she trained as a registered nurse from 1999 to 2004, subsequently working in this profession. In 2006 she started studying and working as an actor, and since 2010 has been studying directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). In 2012 she won a scholarship to the film and media art section of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin; she participated in the Sarajevo Talent Campus in 2014.


2009 Draško, mein Vater (Draško, My Father); short documentary 2011 Sanja träumt (Sanja Dreams); short film 2013 Frida; short film 2014 Neuschnee (New Snow); short film 2018 Kineski zid (Great Wall of China); medium-length film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

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Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin