Halima’s Path

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Halima’s Path
Halimin put
Croatia, 2012, 93 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Topics: Drama, History
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Croatian English Sub-Titles

Beautifully shot, marvelously acted and ingeniously structured over a three-decade span, Arsen Ostojic’s complex Balkan War drama is a heart-rending chronicle of one woman’s journey to finally put the ghosts of that conflict to rest. Alma Prica is mesmerizing in the title role, a Bosnian Muslim mother determined to recover the remains of her son who, like her husband, was a victim of that region’s sectarian strife.

Approached by her pregnant niece in 1977, Halima agrees to raise the baby – whose father is a Christian – as her own. Today, her adopted son remains one of the many unidentified and unclaimed casualties of that 1990s war, but in order for Halima to retrieve his bones and bury him alongside her husband she must present DNA evidence of their kinship to the authorities – evidence that can only come from her niece, now long-married to her Christian boyfriend…

Expertly weaving together the film’s three time frames and mining Halima’s story for moments of deep emotion, Ostojic fashions a paean to determination and the unquenchable nature of the human spirit.

Winner: Jury Prize, Best International Feature, Raindance Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Arsen Anton Ostojic
Producer: Arsen Anton Ostojic, Slobodan Trninic
Editor: Dubravko Slunjski
Screenwriter: Fedja Isovic
Cinematographer: Slobodan Trninic
Music: Mate Matisic
Principal Cast: Alma Prica, Olga Pakalovic, Mijo Jurisic, Mustafa Nadarevic, Miraj Grbic, Daria Lorenci Flatz, Izudin Bajrovic
Filmography: No One’s Son (2008)
A Wonderful Night in Split (2004)
Life Drawing (2002)
Print Source: Arkadena Zagreb

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