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BUICK RIVIERA

Croatia / Bosnia / Germany / USA, 2008 (MIFF 2009, The End of Europe: New Balkan Cinema)

Director: Goran Rusinovic

BUICK RIVIERA

Simmering enmities spark a fierce battle of wills in a wintry wasteland.

Hasan is a Muslim who left Bosnia before the war. He now lives a life of ennui and private anxiety in bitterly cold North Dakota. His 1963 Buick Riviera is not the symbol of his new life, but his refuge from it.

When it breaks down and he's rescued by a Bosnian Serb, the encounter with a fellow exile restores all the animosities they are both trying to escape. Their meeting quickly escalates into a tense contest of émigré wills.

Buick Riviera shimmers with performances from two award-winning actors: Slavko Stimac (Life is a Miracle, MIFF 04) as a man assailed by secret grief, and his tormentor, the wolfish Leon Lucev, who artfully exudes arrogance and false bonhomie.

D Goran Rusinovic P Boris T. Matic, Kate Bary S Goran Rusinovic, Miljenko Jergovic WS Bavaria Films L English, Bosnian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

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