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Introduction[edit | edit source]

In this lesson, we will explore the fascinating world of Bosnian cinema. Cinema is a powerful medium that not only entertains but also reflects the culture, history, and social issues of a country. Through Bosnian cinema, we can gain a deeper understanding of the Bosnian language, society, and people. We will delve into the history and development of Bosnian cinema, learn about famous films and directors, and practice using cinema-related vocabulary in conversations about movies. So grab some popcorn and let's dive into the world of Bosnian cinema!

History and Development of Bosnian Cinema[edit | edit source]

Bosnian cinema has a rich and diverse history that spans over a century. It has gone through various stages of development, influenced by both national and international factors. Let's take a closer look at the key milestones in the history of Bosnian cinema.

Early Beginnings[edit | edit source]

The first steps in Bosnian cinema were taken in the early 20th century. In 1910, the first film screening took place in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This marked the beginning of a new era for Bosnian cinema. However, due to the outbreak of World War I and subsequent political and social changes, the development of Bosnian cinema was put on hold for several decades.

Socialist Era[edit | edit source]

After World War II, Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. During this period, the Yugoslav film industry experienced significant growth and recognition on the international stage. Bosnian filmmakers played a crucial role in shaping the Yugoslav film industry, with notable directors such as Emir Kusturica, who later gained international acclaim for his films.

One of the most significant films of this era is "Do You Remember Dolly Bell?" (1981), directed by Emir Kusturica. This coming-of-age film not only showcases the talent of Bosnian filmmakers but also captures the essence of life in Sarajevo during the socialist era.

War and Post-War Cinema[edit | edit source]

The 1990s brought a period of turmoil and conflict to Bosnia and Herzegovina with the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian War. Despite the challenging circumstances, Bosnian filmmakers continued to produce powerful and thought-provoking films that depicted the harsh realities of war and its aftermath.

One of the most notable films from this period is "No Man's Land" (2001), directed by Danis Tanović. This internationally acclaimed film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, putting Bosnian cinema in the global spotlight.

Contemporary Bosnian Cinema[edit | edit source]

In recent years, Bosnian cinema has continued to flourish and gain recognition in international film festivals. The contemporary Bosnian film industry is characterized by its diversity, creativity, and exploration of complex social issues.

Films like "Snow" (2008), directed by Aida Begić, and "Cirkus Columbia" (2010), directed by Danis Tanović, have garnered critical acclaim for their portrayal of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina and the challenges faced by its people.

Famous Films and Directors[edit | edit source]

Bosnian cinema boasts a wealth of talented directors and memorable films. Let's take a closer look at some of the most famous films and directors in Bosnian cinema.

"When Father Was Away on Business" (1985)[edit | edit source]

Directed by Emir Kusturica, "When Father Was Away on Business" is often regarded as one of the greatest Yugoslav films of all time. Set in the 1950s during the socialist era, the film tells the story of a young boy whose father is sent to a labor camp for political reasons. The film explores themes of family, love, and political repression, providing a poignant glimpse into the complexities of life in Yugoslavia during that period.

"Grbavica" (2006)[edit | edit source]

Directed by Jasmila Žbanić, "Grbavica" is a powerful and emotionally charged film that delves into the aftermath of the Bosnian War. The story follows a single mother and her daughter living in the Grbavica neighborhood of Sarajevo, where war crimes were committed during the war. The film sheds light on the struggles faced by survivors of the war and their attempts to rebuild their lives in the face of trauma and social stigma.

"Children of Sarajevo" (2012)[edit | edit source]

Directed by Aida Begić, "Children of Sarajevo" explores the lives of two siblings, Rahima and Nedim, who are trying to navigate the challenges of post-war Sarajevo. The film touches on themes of family, identity, and the search for hope in the midst of adversity. "Children of Sarajevo" received critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of the post-war generation and the lingering effects of the conflict.

Emir Kusturica: A Prolific Filmmaker[edit | edit source]

Emir Kusturica is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and influential directors in Bosnian cinema. His films often blend elements of humor, surrealism, and political commentary, creating a unique cinematic style. In addition to "When Father Was Away on Business," Kusturica's other notable films include "Time of the Gypsies" (1988) and "Underground" (1995), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cinema-related Vocabulary[edit | edit source]

To fully engage in conversations about Bosnian cinema, it's essential to familiarize yourself with cinema-related vocabulary. Here are some useful words and phrases to add to your cinematic repertoire:

Bosnian Pronunciation English
film [fiːlm] film
redatelj [rɛ̌datɛʎ] director
glumac [glǔmat͡s] actor
glumica [glǔmit͡sa] actress
scenario [skɛnárjo] screenplay
kinematografija [kinɛmatɔ́grafija] cinematography
snimatelj [snimátɛʎ] cinematographer
scena [st͡sɛna] scene
montaža [mɔntáʒa] editing

Exercise: Talking about Bosnian Films[edit | edit source]

Now that you've learned about Bosnian cinema and expanded your cinema-related vocabulary, let's put your knowledge into practice. Imagine you're having a conversation with a friend about Bosnian films. Answer the following questions using your own words and the vocabulary you've learned.

1. Have you watched any Bosnian films? If so, which ones? What did you like about them?

2. Who is your favorite Bosnian director? Why do you admire their work?

3. Can you describe a memorable scene from a Bosnian film you've seen?

4. How would you recommend Bosnian cinema to someone who has never watched a Bosnian film before?

Solutions: Talking about Bosnian Films[edit | edit source]

1. I have watched a few Bosnian films, including "No Man's Land" and "Grbavica." I was deeply moved by the powerful storytelling and the way these films shed light on important social issues. "No Man's Land" particularly stood out to me with its gripping portrayal of the absurdity of war.

2. My favorite Bosnian director is Emir Kusturica. I admire his ability to blend humor and surrealism with thought-provoking social commentary. His films, such as "When Father Was Away on Business" and "Underground," have left a lasting impression on me.

3. One memorable scene from a Bosnian film I've seen is the climax of "Grbavica." Without giving too much away, it's a powerful and emotionally charged scene that encapsulates the struggles and resilience of the characters. It left me with a profound sense of empathy and a deeper understanding of the impact of war.

4. If you've never watched a Bosnian film before, I highly recommend giving it a try. Bosnian cinema offers a unique perspective and provides a window into the history, culture, and resilience of the Bosnian people. From powerful war dramas to heartfelt coming-of-age stories, Bosnian films have the ability to touch your heart and broaden your horizons.

Table of Contents - Bosnian Course - 0 to A1[edit source]

Introduction to Bosnian Alphabet

Basic Bosnian Sentence Structure

Greetings and Introductions

Nouns and Pronouns

Verbs and Tenses

Numbers and Time

Food and Drink

Travel and Transportation

Bosnian Customs and Traditions

Adjectives and Adverbs

Family and Relationships

Hobbies and Leisure Activities

Bosnian Literature and Cinema

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