For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

Bosnia-Herzegowina 2013, Feature film, 72’ | Director Jasmila Žbanic ́ | Screenplay Jasmila Žbanic ́, Kym Vercoe, Zoran Solomun | DoP Christine A. Maier | Editor Yann Dedet | Sound Igor Camu | Cast Kym Vercoe, Boris Isakovic, Jasna Djuricic, Branko Cvejic | Production Deblokada Produkcija, The Doha Film Institute, The Post Repubilc | Distribution MPM Film

»I wanted to do something which was a remembrance of 20 years after the war, because for me living in Sarajevo the war was like yesterday. For me, the aim was to frame my emotions and to do something to connect with 20 years ago. I was looking for something which I could do and I saw a DVD of Kym‘s theatre show which all of my friends in Sarajevo said I needed to see since she was a guest at the Sarajevo Festival. They said it was amazing. And I saw it and it was exactly what I felt about Bosnia today, about the state of mind I am in, about emotions I had. And so I decided to write to Kym and told her I think this could be a movie.« Jasmila Žbanić

The Australian tourist Kym is spending a vacation in the border region between Bosnia and Serbia. In the idyllic town of Visegrad, she goes on a photo-shoot and dutifully takes snapshots of the attractions the tour guides recommend. Back home, however, she learns of the war crimes that were committed in these places. Whereupon she goes back there to confront a history not discussed in the guidebooks and of which many of the Visegrad residents are not aware either. The screenplay is based on a solo theater performance entitled Seven Kilometers North-East by Kym Vercoe who also worked on the screenplay as well as taking a lead role in the film. The Dortmund | Cologne International Women‘s Film Festival is pleased to present For Those Who Can Tell No Tales in cooperation with medica mondiale.

Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic ́ was born 1974 and studied theater and film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. In 1995, she went to the USA for two years to work as a puppeteer and clown. Back in Sarajevo, in 1997, she and a number of friends founded Deblokada, an artists‘ association with which she was to produce, develop or direct documentary films, video works and short films. In 2004, documenta exhibited some of her work. For her debut feature film Grbavica (Esma‘s Secret); Ms Žbanic ́ won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006. In 2010, her film Na Putu (On the Path) was premiered in Berlin. Na Putu was also the opening film at the Dortmund | Cologne Festival in 2010.

Jasmila Žbanic
Feature film