Circus Columbia [Cirkus Columbia]
2010 | 35 mm | 113 min | drama
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Original language: Bosnian
a film by Danis Tanovic
After the fall of the communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1991, Divko Buntic returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany. Returning with an attractive young girlfriend, a flashy new Mercedes, a pocketful of cash, and a lucky black cat, things are looking good for Divko. When his cat goes missing things begin to fall apart: trouble with his girlfriend and the fledgling relation with his estranged son are strained as the entire town scrambles to find the cat and collect the cash reward being offered. Divko’s personal tumult finds an unsettling mirror in the country at large with signs appearing that the Bosnian War is coming. As the war looms, tensions run high and Divko must decide whether to stay in his newly reestablished home or leave.
Director Danis Tanović
Production Asap Films, Autonomous, Studio Maj
Producer(s) Cédomir Kolar, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Marc Bachet, Mirsad Purivatra
Co-Producer(s) Cat Villiers, Dunja Klemenc, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Marion Hänsel, Miroslav Mogorovi Screenwriter Ivica Djikic, Danis Tanovic
Director of Photography Walther Vanden Ende
Art Director Emir Jelkic, Neza Zinajic
Original Music Christoph Blaser, Steffen Kahles
Film Editor Petar Markovic
Cast Miki Manojlovic, Mira Furlan, Boris Ler
CIRKUS COLUMBIA is Danis Tanovic's most recent film about war and its consequences.
While CIRKUS COLUMBIA is set in the period before the conflict reaches his native Bosnia & Herzegovina, Tanovic's TRIAGE dealt with post-war trauma. The English-language feature starred Colin Farrell as the troubled photojournalist returning home from war-torn Iraq. Tanovic dealt directly with war in his 2001 debut feature NO MAN’S LAND.
Set in the midst of the Bosnian war in 1993, NO MAN'S LAND won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Script prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and European Film Awards. The widely acclaimed film received over 40 international awards, making it one of the most awarded first feature films in history.
Tanovic was born in 1969 in Zenica (former Yugoslavia), now Bosnia & Herzegovina, and raised in Sarajevo. After a diploma in civil engineering, he studied piano at the Academy of Theatre Arts and film at the Sarajevo Film Academy. When Sarajevo fell under siege, he spent two years on the frontline filming for the army. The material that Tanovic and his colleagues produced on these dangerous missions has been seen in many films and news reports about the Bosnian war. In 1994, Tanovic emigrated to Belgium to continue his film studies at INSAS film school and he began making shorts and documentaries.
In 2005, Tanovic made the French-language feature HELL (L'ENFER), from a script co-written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. The film starred many of France’s finest actors, including Emmanuelle Beart, Karin Viard, Marie Gillain, Guillaume Canet, Jacques Gamblin, Jacques Perrin, Carole Bouquet and Jean Rochefort.
2010 Cirkus Columbia
2005 L’enfer (Hell)
2001 No Man's Land