On the Path

On the Path  {Na Putu}
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On the Path
Na Putu
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2010, 100 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Austria / Germany / Croatia
Topics: Drama, Religion, Romance, Woman Director, Women
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Bosnian English Sub-Titles

Following her triumph at the Berlin Film Festival with Grbavica, Jasmila Zbanic returns with a timely story about the corrosive power of religious fundamentalism on a relationship. Luna and Amar, both Bosnian Muslims, have been together for some time when Amar’s drinking starts to be a problem. He loses his job as an air traffic controller, but finds another in a Wahhabi Muslim community some distance away from their home. On a visit, Luna is troubled by the conservative attitudes she finds there, including segregation of the men and the veiled women.

When Amar returns home, she finds him so changed she starts to question everything, even her desire to bear the child they have so longed for. Echoes of the recent ethnically-charged conflicts come back to haunt her and she is forced to ask herself if love is truly enough to keep the couple together. With its extremely lucid narrative execution, On the Path is much more than a mere issues drama. It offers an incisive examination from the female perspective of issues that continue to trouble the Balkan region long after the devastating war, namely the conflict between traditionalist Islam and secular modernity.

DIRECTOR: Jasmila Žbanic
Producer: Damir Ibrahimovic, Bruno Wagner, Barbara Albert, Karl Baumgartner, Raimond Goebel, Leon Lucev
Editor: Niki Mossback
Screenwriter: Jasmila Žbanic
Cinematographer: Christine A. Maler
Music: Brano Jakubovic
Principal Cast: Zrinka Cvitešic, Leon Lucev, Ermin Bravo, Mirjana Karanovic
Filmography: Grbavica (2006)
Print Source: The Match Factory - www.the-match-factory.com


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