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My Aunt in Sarajevo

DirectorGoran Kapetanovic
ProducerChina Åhlander – Chinema Film Sweden; Sveriges Television AB, SSCA/pro.ba, Stengården Film, Fixafilm, Hedshot AB, FilmGEAR ApS, Film i Skåne AB, FilmCentrum Syd, Konstnärsnämnden, Öresund Film Commission
WriterChina Åhlander, Dragan Mitic, Goran Kapetanovic
CastMilan Dragisic, Julia Ragnarsson, Sadzida Setic, Irena Mulamuhic, Izudin Bajrovic, Ajla Hamzic, Minka Muftic, Almir Kurt, Merima Ovcina, Amina Zimic
EditorAndreas Nilsson
CameraIta Zbroniec-Zajt
Screening1 November 2017 | 19:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
3 November 2017 | 17:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
6 November 2017 | 19:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Length58 min
CountrySweden/Bosnia and Herzegovina
SectionNEW VOICES – feauture length films

Obstinate Swedish daughter forces father to confront his younger Bosnian self on a trip to Sarajevo. A deeply moving and humorous drama awarded at the prestigious Swedish Guldbagge Awards for best direction and supporting actress. Screenings are followed by Q&A with the director Goran Kapetanovic.


Zlatan, 50, has not been in Bosnia since he left the country as a war refugee, more than 20 years ago. His only contact with Bosnia consists in sending money to a woman who takes care of his old aunt. His Swedish-born daughter Anja wants to know more about her Bosnian roots, but Zlatan makes an effort to hide and suppress his painful memories and is not eager to tell her anything. As Zlatan’s attempts to stop her travelling to Sarajevo fail, he reluctantly decides to go with her. The reunion with the home country brings both absurd surprises and secrets from the past. A compelling film directed by Goran Kapetanovic, who fled to Sweden from a war-torn Sarajevo and hereby wanted to show to his own two daughters the city as he remembered it.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Gothenburg International Film Festival, 2016 – Official selection | The Guldbagge Awards, Sweden 2016 – Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Sadzida Setic) | SEEfest, Los Angeles 2017 – Special Jury Mention | Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival. 2017 – Best Feature Narrative Film, Best Acting Performance, Audience Award | Filmfest Hamburg, 2016 – Kaleidoscope | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2016 – Official Selection