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Halima's Path

Croatia | 2012 | 93 minutes | Arsen Anton Ostojic

In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who carries a mysterious connection to her son.

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This is the third feature film from acclaimed director Arsen Anton Ostojic (A Wonderful Night in Split, SIFF 2005). Halima's Path tells the tragic but inspiring story of a strong-willed Muslim woman who tries to find the remains of her husband and son who were buried in one of the many mass graves during the Bosnian War. Her husband's remains are found but her son remains missing, leading to the unfolding of the story of why DNA samples, used to identify remains, will not and cannot find her son. Strong Halima (Alma Prica) must track down her estranged niece who carries a mysterious connection to her son. In doing so, other hidden facts are uncovered. Halima's story resonates with other unimaginable, but all too real, stories of war where neighbors kill neighbors and kin kill kin. As a survivor of tragedy, she is a witness to what was and what remains. A genuine Balkan co-production, this poignant and powerful film was inspired by a real-life story of a couple in a village near Prijedor in Western Bosnia who searched for their son's biological mother for twenty years.

Director Biography
Arsen Anton Ostojic made two multiple-award-winning feature films, both Croatian candidates for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® (2004’s A Wonderful Night in Split and 2008’s No One's Son) and has worked on over a dozen feature films in Europe and in the United States as an assistant director or production manager. He is a member of the European Film Academy.

Director: Arsen Anton Ostojic
Principal Cast: Alma Prica, Olga Pakalovic, Mijo Jurisic, Daria Lorenci Flatz, Miraj Grbic
Country: Croatia
Year: 2012
Running Time: 93 minutes
Producer: Slobodan Trninic, Arsen Anton Ostojic
Screenplay: Fedja Isovic
Cinematographers: Slobodan Trninic
Editors: Dubravko Slunjski
Music: Mate Matisic
Website: http://www.arsenantonostojic.com/aao/feature/halimaspath.html
Awards: Pula Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award, Best Actress in a Supporting Role); Mons International Film Festival 2013 (Best Film, Best Actress, Cinefemme Foundation Award); Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2012 (Special Jury Prize)
Filmography: No One’s Son (2008); A Wonderful Night in Split (2004)
Language: Bosnian
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Arkadena
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