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Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams


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No one said they were good dreams. The title of this modest, heartbreaking debut feature by Jasmila Zbanic refers to a Sarajevo neighborhood where Serbian forces maintained a torture camp during the military siege of the early 90s, and the horror of those days still haunts the movie's protagonist (Mirjana Karanovic), a single mother working two jobs to support her beloved 12-year-old daughter (Luna Mijovic). For years the mother has protected the child from the true story of her parentage, and though viewers will probably guess it immediately, Zbanic's story of an ordinary life stained by extraordinary cruelty cuts deep. In Serbo-Croatian with subtitles. 90 min. a Landmark's Century Centre.

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