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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Danis Tanović
Epizoda u životu berača željeza
Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia 2013 / 74’

Nazif sells scrap metal and plays himself. Senada is his sick wife, who also plays herself in front of the camera. This allows Danis Tanović to draw a thin red line between a hostile reality, in which a Roma family lives and the fantastic world presented, in which her struggle to live plays out. The director brings his camera into a space marked by poverty and stages one of the most dramatic episodes in the pages of the biography of Mr. And Mrs. Mujić. It is a biography written in blood and exhaustion, immersed in hopelessness and seasoned with love, which, although it cannot move mountains, it willing to forgive everything – lies, deceit and back-door access to a public institution, as long as the door remains open for people living on the margins of society.


Berlin IFF 2013 – Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor, Silver Bear – Jury Grand Prix, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention

Danis Tanović

Born in 1969 in the former Yugoslavia. He developed an interest in filmmaking after spending several years studying music and engineering and decided to study at the Sarajevo Film Academy. For two years since 1992, when the war broke out, he shot literally hundreds of hours of documentary footage of the war. He became a celebrity in the international film community practically overnight with the release of his drama about the horrors of the Bosnia-Herzegovina war, No Man’s Land in 2001. His latest feature An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker won two Silver Bears at Berlinale 2013.

Selected filmography

2001 Ziemia niczyja / No Man’s Land

2005 Piekło / L’enfer / Hell

2009 Selekcja / Triage / Shell Shock

2010 Cyrk Columbia / Cirkus Columbia / Circus Columbia

2013 Senada / Epizoda u životu berača željeza / An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Cast & Crew

director Danis Tanović
screenplay Danis Tanović
cinematography Erol Zubčević
editing Timur Makarevic
sound Samir Foco
cast Nazif Mujić, Senada Alimanović, Semsa Mujić, Sandra Mujić
producer Amra Bakšić Čamo, Cédomir Kolar, Danijel Hocevar
production SCCA / pro.ba, Asap Films, Vertigo/Emotionfilm
Polish distributor Spectator
language Bosnian
colouration colour