An Episode In A Life Of An Iron Picker

Epizoda u životu berača željeza
Director: Danis Tanović

Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia, Italy, Drama, 2013, 74 min, bosnian with english and lithuanian subtitles, V

Nazif barely makes ends meet as an iron picker to support his family. He searches daily for scrap metal while his partner Senada is waiting for a birth of third baby beeing at home. After a long day’s work, Nazif finds Senada laid up in pain. The diagnosis is that Senada has miscarried and is still carrying her dead five-month old fetus. For the next 10 days, Nazif will do everything he can to try and save Senadafs life — desperately searching for more scrap metal, seeking help from state institutions  and will be fully exposed to the callousness of contemporary society.


2013 –  Prize of the Ecumenical Jury , Berlin International Film Festival (Germany).
2013 - Silver Berlin Bear Award in Berlin International Film festival (Germany)
2013 – In Spirit for Freedom Award in Jerusalem Film Festival  (Israel).

About the director:

Tanović was born in 1969 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and raised in Sarajevo where he studied film directing at the Academy of Perforning Arts. When Sarajevo fell under siege, he spent two years on the frontline filming for the army. Tanović's 2001 debut feature “No Man's Land” received over 40 international awards. Set in the midst of the Bosnian war in 1993, “No Man's Land” (2001) won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Script prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and European Film Awards. Tanović  has made two other films about war and its consequences. “Triage” (2009) and “Circus Columbia” (2010). In 2005, Tanović made the French-language feature “Hell” (L’Enfer), from a script co-written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Danis Tanović

Dir. of Photography: Erol Zubcevic

Music: Samir Fočo

Cast: Nazif Mujić, Senada Alimanović, Šemsa Mujić, Sandra Mujić