Section: Feature Film Competition



Nermin Hamzagić
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019, 85 Min

Hamza is irreplaceable. The young policeman just about manages to deliver his heavily pregnant wife to the maternity ward before his night shift begins. At the station the usual problems await: generally his colleagues are willing to help overcome these in return for bribes, Hamza however resolves to escape the cycle of corruption.

The wealthy criminals can buy their way to freedom, the others however ... The cells are full of inmates who broke the law out of desperation: there's a minor who works as a prostitute, a man who can't afford his electricity bill and a bank robber who has to pay for his child's operation. They shouldn't be here, this is something Hamza has long understood and yet, at the same time, he is aware of his duty as a keeper of the peace. There can be no order in a society in which certain individuals are beyond the law. Initially Hamza manages to find a balance between the competing interests of a corrupt system and his own sense of empathy and yet, sooner or later, he has a choice to make between neglect of duty and becoming part of the system.

Up-and-coming Bosnian director Nermin Hamzagić displays a real eye for detail in this, his feature film debut, in which he tellingly exposes outdated structures without reverting to black-and-white thinking. Whilst behind bars the frustration grows, outside the bribes are distributed. Though captured in an understated, matter-of-fact manner, the result is nevertheless an angry outcry against an age of utter nepotism that, behind a facade of solidarity resulting from a romanticised view of the wartime past, continues to flourish. JP

Nermin Hamzagic, Emina Omerovic
Amel Đikoli
Igor Camo
Redzinald Simek
Vanja Miholjcic
Enes Zlatar
Alban Ukaj, Ermin Sijamija, Izudin Bajrović, Mediha Musliović, Muhamed Hadžović, Lidija Kordić, Jasna Diklić, Mirela Lambić, Boris Ler, Alena Džebo, Sanja Burić, Ahmed Nuhić, Faketa Avdibegović, Mugdim Avdibegović, Kemal Rizvanović, Lazar Dragojević, Irfan Ribić, Admir Šehović, Martina Mandek, Dražen Pavlović, Edin Avdagić
Amra Bakšić Čamo, Adis Đapo
SCCA/ Nedzada Musica 4 71000, Sarajevo +387 60 33 54 824
Ida Makarevic
Nermin Hamzagić

Nermin Hamzagić - – born in 1986 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Acedemy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, where he works as an assistant professor. In addition to short films and documentaries, he has also realised theatre projects. FULL MOON is his feature film debut and celebrates its world premiere at the 29th FFC.

DREAMERS (2009, doc, short)
SOUL TRAIN (2015, doc)
DAMAGED GOODS (2015, short)
INTERVIEW (2017, short)
THE ROPE (2018, doc)
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