On The Path

Year of participation 2010
Program Feature Competition

On The Path
Producer(s) Damir Ibrahimović, Bruno Wagner, Barbara Albert, Karl Baumgartner, Raimond Goebel, Leon Lučev
Director(s) Jasmila Žbanić
Script Jasmila Žbanić
Director of Photography Christine A. Maier
Production designer Lada Maglajlić, Amir Vuk
Music by Brano Jakubović
Sound Igor Čamo
Edit Niki Mossböck
Cast Zrinka Cvitešić, Leon Lučev, Ermin Bravo, Mirjana Karanović, Marija Köhn, Nina Violić, Sebastian Cavazza, Jasna Ornela Bery, Izudin Bajrović, Jasna Žalica, Luna Mijović
Production company(-ies) Deblokada Kranjčevićeva 43 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Tel/fax: +387 33 668 559 Email: coop99 filmproduktion Wasagasse 12 / 1 1090 Wien, Austria Tel: +43-1-3195825 Fax: +43-1-3195825-20 Email: Pola Pandora Filmproduktion Schewdter Strasse 13 D-10119 Berlin, Germany Tel.: +49 69 24247441 Fax: +49 69 24247443 Email: Živa Production Heinzelova 47 10000 Zagreb, Croatia Tel/fax: +385 1 4662 100 Email


A loving young couple, Luna and Amar, try their best to overcome unexpected obstacles that threaten their relationship. When Amar is suspended for drinking on the job, Luna worries that this will interfere with her already fragile dreams of having a baby. Luna's fears grow when Amar accepts a well-paid job hours away in a fundamentalist Muslim community. After having had no contact with Amar for some time, Luna is finally allowed to visit him at the secluded Wahhabi commune situated on an idyllic lake. She discovers a mysterious environment of veiled women and ritual – a world where men and women live separated and under strict surveillance. Luna begs Amar to come home, but he convinces her that the isolated sanctuary of prayer has brought him peace and helped him stop drinking. When Amar returns home several weeks later, Luna notices a dramatic change in his attitude toward religion. Amar insists that he is just trying to become a better man, but Luna finds it increasingly more difficult to understand his new beliefs. She begins to question everything that she has believed in, even her desire to have a child. As the wounds of a tragic war-filled past continue to haunt her, Luna tears herself apart trying to understand if love really is enough to keep her and Amar together for a lifetime of happiness.

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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