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Strand Takes US Rights to Bosnia Herzegovina Oscar Entry “Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams”

Strand Takes US Rights to Bosnia Herzegovina Oscar Entry "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams"

US rights to Jasmila Zbanic‘s “Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams” have been picked up by Strand Releasing from Match Factory Films, the Los Angeles-based distributor announced Monday. The film, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in February, is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The deal was negotiated by Strand’s Jon Gerrans and Match Factory’s Michael Weber at the American Film Market (AFM), currently underway in Santa Monica, CA. The film screens Tuesday night at AFI Fest, also underway in Los Angeles. Set in a contemporary Sarajevo still reeling from the aftermath of war, the film, according to Strand, is “a textured and authentic testament to the innate drive to triumph over conflict.” Esma (Mirjana Karanovic) is a single mother who lives with her rebellious twelve-year-old daughter, Sara (Luna Mijovic), in the Grbavica district of Sarajevo, a neighborhood used as an internment camp during the conflict in the nineties. Unable to survive on government aid and hoping to provide some “extras” for her daughter, Esma takes a day job in a shoe factory and a night job as a nightclub waitress in order to pay for her daughter’s school trip, and along the way, Sara discovers a dark secret. [Brian Brooks]

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