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Deportation Threatens to Tear a Couple Apart in ‘The Life of Flowers’

Deportation Threatens to Tear a Couple Apart in 'The Life of Flowers'

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The Life of Flowers

Logline: Exploring the bond between a young Bosnian woman and an American exchange student facing deportation.

Elevator Pitch: “The Life of Flowers” follows the budding friendship between Maja and
Austin, a young Bosnian woman and an American exchange student facing
deportation for working illegally as an English teacher while living in
Sarajevo. Searching for a solution, Maja and Austin bounce between
embassies, foreigner offices, universities, swimming pools and hookah
bars, tripping over cultural barriers and forming an unusual bond that
transcends the limits of language.

Production Team:
Writer/Director – Jimmy Bontatibus (director of four short films when in high school, two of which now streaming on Fandor)
Producer – Moamer Kasumovic (regular for 8 seasons on Bosnian sitcom “Lud, zbunjen, normalan”)
Cast
– Mersiha Husagic (Berlinale-selected Dorfpunks), Drew Gregory (first
credit), Staša Dukić (“Children of Sarajevo,” received the 2012 Special Distinction Award in the Un Certain Regard section)
Production Company – burning peacock
Editor – Christopher Day

About the Film: I
wanted to make a film that investigates how new and sudden
relationships can permanently alter the way we view the communities,
landscapes, and environments that surround us on a daily basis. “The Life
of Flowers” asks many questions, and I don’t know the answers — I’m just
as wide-eyed and confused as any of my characters — but I hope viewers
can find some solace in the transparency.

Current Status: Crowdfunding via Kickstarter in preparation for an October 2015 shoot.

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