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days and hours

Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2004 (MIFF 2005, International Panorama)

Director: Pjer Zalica

Significantly more upbeat than most contemporary cinema from this troubled region, [Days and Hours] revolves around good-hearted bachelor Fuke, who crosses the city in his beat-up car to fix his elderly uncle and aunt's old water heater. While he examines the water heater, they chat, and while no-one talks openly about the past, the atmosphere is nevertheless sorrowful. In these interactions, and those with the amiable neighbours, we discover his uncle and aunt have lost their son. Fuke's presence softens their silent anguish. If, as they remark, the war has turned things upside down, their approach from the heart offers a way to restore peace to their souls and, by extension, to all Bosnians. Although [Days and Hours] addresses the consequences of war, it does so with the lightest touch in this deeply human and wryly amusing portrait of a city and its inhabitants. "Fine gentle humor... Instead of tears and regrets, the story evolves into a festive, heart-soaring celebration of life" - Variety

D Pjer Zalica P Ademir Kenovic S Namil Kabil WS Refresh Production L Bosnian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2004/96mins Pjer Zalic was born in Sarajevo, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1964. His films are [Fuse] (2003), [Days and Hours] (MIFF 05).

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