Magazine article Variety

Marija PIKIC

Magazine article Variety

Marija PIKIC

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The prize-winner returns to Sarajevo with her 'Mom'

CLAIM TO FAME

Marija Pikic was a 21-year-old drama student with a few professional credits when helmer-writer Aida Begic chose her to star in "Children of Sarajevo." She won the actress kudo at last year's Sarajevo fest.

TESTIMONIAL

"What impressed me the most was that after you give her instructions about a certain line or scene, she is able to play it immediately and play it perfectly," director Begic says. "I felt like I was touching some fine instrument that produces beautiful music."

21ST-CENTURY BLUES

Pikic, who is Bosnian Orthodox, could immediately relate to her character, a devout Muslim named Rahima. Says Pikic: "Rahima's story is a mirror image of my entire generation. My generation, in our early 20s, should have doors and opportunities open to us... instead, our society is lost in translation. We wanted to create a film of hope and change."

BACKGROUND

Pikic was born and raised in TYebinje, in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her cousin, an actress, encouraged her interest in thesping and cinema, as did her father, who has run a DVD club for 20 years. …

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