Grbavica – The Land of My Dreams

56_IFB_Golden_Baer_bwGrbavica is the story of a mother and daughter in the post-war Sarajevo, and transition of post-Communist societies where violence and crime become parts of every day life. Esma (Mirjana Karanovic) is trying to raise her teenage daughter Sara (Luna Mijovic) while taking different jobs and keeping the secret of Sara’s conception. The girl believes that her father is a war hero and that he died as a soldier of Bosnian forces. When Sara’s school organizes the school trip (for which the children of killed soldiers get a discount), Esma is forced to confess to Sara that she was conceived during the war in a camp where Bosnian women were the victims of systematic and mass rapes.


  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Malmö 07, Sweden
  • Iff Adelaide 07 Film Festival, Australija
  • Yerevan “Golden Apricot 3” International Film Fest, Armenia, (main competition)
  • Toronto International Film Festivai, Canada, (contemporary world cinema)
  • Sevilla Film Festival ’06, Spain, (Eurimages section)
  • Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2006, Brazil
  • Riga International Film Festival, Latvia
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival, Island, (new visions)
  • Montreal Film Festival, Montreal, Canada,
  • Kosmorama – 2. Trondheim International Film Festival, Norway
  • Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel
  • Izola Cinema Film Festival, Slovenia
  • International Film Festival Melbourne, Australia
  • Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
  • Cape Town World Cinema Festival, Republic of South Africa, (secretes and lies)
  • Brussels European Film Festival, Belgium
  • AFI Fest 2006, Los Angeles, USA, (International Feature Competition)
  • 6. Goeast Film Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany,
  • 56. Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival), Berlin, Germany
  • 46th International Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece, (Balkan survey)
  • 41. International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
  • 4. Morelia Film Festival, Mexico, (International Premieres)
  • 35. International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland
  • 34. Fest, Belgrade International Film Festival, Serbia (Fest na bis program)
  • 28. Moscow Film Festival, Russia
  • 25. International Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (Masters of the Future)
  • 23. Viareggio festival of European film – EuropaCinema, Italy
  • 22. Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland
  • 17. Espoo Film Festival, Finland
  • 13. Osaka European Film Festival, Japan, (Premiere Features)
  • 12. Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina, (Regional Off)
  • 11. Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea, (World Cinema)
  • 11. Ourense Film Festival, Spain
  • 10. Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia


  • Golden Bear, 56th Berlinale, Germany
  • 10th Evropean John Templeton Movie Award 2007, Berlin, Germany
  • Woman and Equality Award, International Film Festival Thessaloniki 2006 , Greece
  • Grand Jury Prize, International Feature Competition AFI Fest 2006, Los Angeles, USA
  • TV Canvas Award for Best Movie/Actress for Mirjana Karanović, Europan Film Festival Brussels 2006, Belgium
  • Discovery of The Year, International Film Festival Reykjavik 2006, Island
  • Ecumenical Jury Award/Peace prize, 56th Berlinale, Germany
  • World Cinema Selection, International Film Festival Busan 2006
  • Contemporary World Cinema Selection, International Film Festival Toronto 2006, Canada
  • Grand Prix Odyssee – Council of Europe for the Human Rights, Strasbourg, France
  • The Wim Van Leer in the Spirit of Freedom Award, International Film Festival Jerusalem 2006, Israel
  • The Kosmorama Award, Kosmorama International Film Festival Trondheim 2006



  • Duration: 90 min
  • Language: Bosnian
  • Format: 35mm, DVD


Mirjana Karanović
Luna Mijović
Leon Lučev
Kenan Ćatić
Jasna Ornela Berry
Dejan Aćimović
Bogdan Diklić
Emir Hadžihafizbegović

Script and direction by
Jasmila Žbanić

Director of Photography
Christine A. Maier

Niki Mossböck

Enes Zlatar

Sound design
Igor Čamo
Tom Weber

Oriana Kunčić

Art Director
Kemal Hrustanović

Costume Designer
Lejla Hodžić

Make Up
Halid Redžebašić

Barbara Albert
Damir Ibrahimović
Bruno Wagner

Boris Michalski
Damir Richtaric

Produced by
Jadran film

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