After the end of the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s, the economic system switched to capitalism. Yet to this day, the economy has never really taken off. Resourceful communities have thus rebranded themselves as unique tourist destinations to generate economic growth. The town of Medjugorje, where children reported having visions of the Virgin Mary, has become an international pilgrimage site. Visegrád pays homage to the writer Ivo Andrić with a newly built neighbourhood of monumental stone buildings. When the depleted salt mines of Tuzla stopped yielding revenue, the authorities transformed the basins into lakes. In Visoko, a hill reportedly conceals pyramids said to generate cosmic energy fields. Igor Drljača shows these places with an observational camera, editing together the images with statements made by locals. With apt understatement, he succeeds in taking stock of a society still overshadowed by its past. Kameni govornici reveals the multi-ethnic Bosnia-Herzegovina as a country still riven and in the midst of a profound identity crisis – whose inhabitants are trying to gain a foothold not via facts, but via an amalgam of religion, folklore and esotericism.
Canada / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, English
Documentary form92’ · Colour
Born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1983, completed his master’s in Film Production at York University in Toronto, Canada. Kameni govornici is his first feature-length documentary.Filmography
2010 Woman in Purple; 14 min. 2011 The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar; 9 min. 2012 Krivina; 70 min. 2015 The Waiting Room; 92 min. 2018 Kameni govornici (The Stone Speakers)
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019
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