DEATH IN SARAJEVO (SMRT U SARAJEVU) (2016) by Danis Tanovic
“Europe didn’t begin, but died in Sarajevo”
In the cold afternoons in winter one of the nicest thing is watching a movie in Babel Cinema in Valencia. If I say that the movies made in Eastern Europe are different, this is an obviousness. If I say that this cimena is, generally, a good cinema, also. In the Eutopa Hotel in Sarajevo two important things will happen: on one side a European diplomatic representation will arrive for the commemoration of the attack that caused the First World War and finished with the Austro-Hungarian Empire. On the other hand the workers stay without payment for two month and they are preparing a strike. While in the rooftop a journalist record a program and in a room a man trys a speech.
With this plot and this setting two wounds are opened: the first one the First World War. This bleed dry to Europe and it began there in Sarajevo and the another war, Bosnia, among Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian people. This marked the ‘90s. Both things give the feeling of the Europe, this Europa that we know, begins and finishs in this city, in the Balkans. This film dives in this two wars, in their impotance of them fot the configuration of the European map. The movie, also, shows the scars among this nations. Is the Europa Hotel the symbolic performance of Europe and the differences among every nations that made it? Now, Europe is living hard times. The nacionalisms and fascisms are rising in each country and among the differents countries. The crisis taes the best and the worst feelings. Each one takes side like in the movie: the Hote director, the workers, the journalste… all of them are liable in the action.
Without any soundtrack for gives to the film coldness, like Sarajevo and the Bosnian people. The light, white and blue also cold. The costume is bland, almost boring…all of this for remark the ruin. There are holograms with the European Union flag projected in the columns in the hall of the hotel, the columns sustain the building but aren’t the all building. The movie has a choppy rhythm like the Eupope’s hystory. And finally something is broken. This film is a deep reflection about our continent with a very nice packaging.
Traducido por: Iulia García.