North America only; until March 13 at 11:59 pm.
Director: Igor Drljaca
Featuring: Pavle Čemerkić, Sumeja Dardagan, Jasmin Geljo, Kerim Čutuna
Language: Bosnian subtitled in English
Runtime: 88 minutes
Rating: suitable for most audiences
One of Canada’s most distinctive young filmmakers, Igor Drljaca delivers his strongest and most distinctive work to date with this bittersweet and beautifully shot romantic drama set in post-war Sarajevo. A teenage orphan living with his grandmother in the suburbs, Faruk (Pavle Čemerikić) has a glimpse of another kind of life than he’s fated to live when he meets Mona (Sumeja Dardagan), the daughter of a politically powerful man. Their connection gives warmth and richness to Drljaca’s deftly rendered portrait of a wider society in transition. A Canada’s Top Ten selection (TIFF) that first earned rave reviews at the Berlin Film Festival, THE WHITE FORTRESS earned another honour when it became Bosnia and Herzegovina’s entry for consideration for the best international feature at this year’s Academy Awards.