On the Path

Loving young couple Luna and Amar try their best to overcome unexpected obstacles that threaten their relationship. When Amar is suspended for drinking on the job, Luna worries that this will interfere with her already fragile dreams of having a baby. Luna’s fears grow when Amar accepts a well-paid job hours away in a fundamentalist Muslim community. After having been cut off from contact with Amar, Luna is finally allowed to visit him at the secluded Wahhabi commune situated on an idyllic lake. She discovers a mysterious environment of veiled women and ritual — a world where the daily lives of men and women are separated and under strict surveillance. Luna begs Amar to come home, but he convinces her that the isolated sanctuary of prayer has brought him peace and helped him stop drinking. When Amar returns home several weeks later, Luna notices a dramatic change in his attitude toward religion. Amar insists that he is just trying to become a better man, but Luna finds it increasingly more difficult to understand his new beliefs. She begins to question everything that she has believed in, even her desire to have a child. As the wounds of a tragic war-filled past continue to haunt her, Luna tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep her and Amar together on the path to a lifetime of happiness.


  • 60th Berlinale, programme: Competition
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, programme: Young Masters
  • The International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund|Cologne, opening film
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival (Linz, Austria), opening film
  • Open Doek International Film Festival (Turnhout, Belgium), opening film
  • CPH:PIX (Denmark), programme: European Voices
  • Filmkunstfestival Schwerin (Germany), programme: Competition
  • Cinema City International Film Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), programme: Balkan Box
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, programme: Horizon
  • Golden Apricot International Film Festival (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • Pula Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, programme: In focus, Bh. film
  • Era New Horizons Wroclaw (Poland)
  • Herceg Novi Film Festival (Montenegro)
  • Anonimul International Film Festival (Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania), Programme: Competition
  • Norwegian International Film Festival, Main programme
  • Espoo Cine International Film Festival (Finland), programme: Keeping the Faith
  • Haifa International Film Festival, programme: Gala
  • Alexandria International Film Festival, Egipat
  • PriFilm Festival, Pristina, Kosovo
  • 15. Pusan Film Festival, Busan, South Korea
  • 55. Valladolid Film Festival, Spain
  • Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar
  • Pune International Film Festival, Indija
  • Vilnius International Film Festival, Litvanija


  • Filmkunstfestival Schwerin Award for Best Director
  • Bernhard Wicki Film Prize – The Bridge – The German Cinema Award for Peace 2010
  • Golden Apricot IFF Yerevan – FIPRESCI jury award
  • Pula Film Festival: Golden Arena for Best Director, Golden Arena for Best Actress
  • Herceg Novi Film Festival: Golden Mimosa for Best Actress – Zrinka Cvitesic
  • Special Jury Prize, 55. Valladolid Film Festival
  • Pune International Film Festival- Best Cinematography Award za Christine A. Maier
  • Nagrada CICAE žirija za najbolji film, Vilnius IFF



  • Duration: 100 min
  • Format: 35mm, digital cinema
  • Original language: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • Year of production: 2009


The Match Factory
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Zrinka Cvitešić
Leon Lučev
Ermin Bravo
Mirjana Karanović
Marija Köhn
Nina Violić
Sebastian Cavazza
Jasna Ornela Bery
Izudin Bajrović
Jasna Žalica
Luna Mijović

Director and screenplay
Jasmila Žbanić

Director of photography:
Christine A. Maier

Production designers
Lada Maglajlić
Amir Vuk

Costume designer
Lejla Hodžić

Niki Mossböck

Makeup artist
Halid Redžebašić

Sound designer
Igor Čamo

Music composer
Brano Jakubović

Oriana Kunčić

Damir Ibrahimović
Bruno Wagner
Barbara Albert
Karl Baumgartner
Raimond Goebel
Leon Lučev

Produced by
Pola Pandora
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