The film by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, which was selected for the main competition program of the Venice Film Festival, has been included in the official program of the 45th Toronto Film Festival, the largest North American film festival, the Deblokada Production Company announced. The Toronto Film Festival will be held from September 10 to 19.
The film stars Izudin and Dino Bajrovic, who, as in life, have the roles of father and son in this story. The cast also includes Emir Hadzihafizbegović, Boris Isakovic and Minka Muftic.
Co-produced by Indie Sales’ sister company Indie Prod, the film is based on real events and is set in the Bosnian summer of 1995, against the backdrop of the Serbian occupation of Srebrenica, a U.N. safe zone, Variety reports.
The compelling drama follows the journey of Aida, who works as a translator for the United Nations peacekeeping task force at a camp where her husband and two sons are being held along with thousands of other Bosnian citizens. As the Serbian army’s threat to overtake the camp escalates, the horizon for Aida’s family and community gets out of hand.
A well-established Bosnian filmmaker, Žbanic won the Golden Bear in 2006 with her debut feature “Grbavica.” Her second feature “On The Path” also competed in Berlinale in 2010. Her following films, including “For Those Who Can Tell No Tales,” screened at Toronto, and “Love Island” which played at Locarno.