Never Been Better

2006 / Czech Republic / 65min

There is a Bosnian saying that in order to understand your own country you have to set out along the path of song. Born in Sarajevo, but now a Czech citizen, Ivana Miloševičová went to Bosnia and Herzegovina a decade after the end of the war to film a polyphonic portrait of a historically, socially, and politically divided country. _ In it we see Bosnian Muslims organise a mass funeral for the victims of war, firmly convinced that the Serbian murders remain unpunished. Orthodox Serbs gather to pay honour a monument to their modern-day martyrs. Croatians express pride in the firmness of their hearts. _ In this anti-nostalgic documentary musical a fundamental role is played by music: all passions and wrongs are concealed in the songs that each of these ethnic groups carries with them. They contain the resolve to be ready for battle. _ A Catholic priest explains that Bosnia is like the nettle: it stings, but it also heals. In his view, Bosnians are unpredictable, moody, and stubborn. One Sarajevo woman lost both her sons in the war; she gave birth to a third son, but she would never hesitate to again go out to defend her city. _ This starkly narrated film presents a brief montage of war reportage, followed by various encounters, where people relate differing accounts of individual events, consume spirits, and sing, waiting for one verse of a poem to be read: I gaze all night into the sky, but nothing, nothing do I understand.

Details

  • Original title
    Nikdy nebylo líp
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ivana Miloševič
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Gašper Šnuderl
  • Editing
    Evženie Brabcová
  • Music
  • Sound
  • Duration
    65 min
  • Year
    2006
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    SRP, HRV
  • Subtitles
    ENG
  • Production
    Axman Production, spol. s.r.o.
    Rybná 683/17
    Praha 1
    Czech Republic
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
  • Awards

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