Oscars: Bosnia Selects 'Death in Sarajevo' for Foreign-Language Category

Death in Sarajevo Still 2 -Snezana Vidovic - H 2016
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The film by Danis Tanovic — who earned an Oscar in 2002 for 'No Man's Land' — premiered in competition at this year's Berlinale, where it won a Silver Bear.

Death in Sarajevo, the latest film from Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, has been selected as Bosnia and Herzegovina's submission in the best foreign-language film Oscar category, it was announced Wednesday.

Tanovic, who earned an Oscar for No Man's Land in 2002, revisits the theme of the impact of the Balkans civil war of the 1990s in Death in Sarajevo, which premiered at this year's Berlinale, where it won a Silver Bear.

The film is set in the fictional Hotel Europa, modeled on Sarajevo's famous Holiday Inn, where diplomats and members of the international press corps stayed during the war. Set in 2014 on the day of the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Austro-Hungarian archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the film explores the way the complex history of the Balkans continues to affect people and their interactions.

A Bosnia-France co-production adapted from the stage play Hotel Europe by French intellectual and political activist Bernard Henri-Levy, which was staged in Sarajevo in 2014, Death in Sarajevo was selected as the country's foreign-language Oscar submission by the Filmmakers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The pic was produced by Francois Margolin and Amra Baksic Camo. International sales are being handled by The Match Factory.