Magazine article Screen International

Ines Tanovic, 'Our Everyday Life'

Magazine article Screen International

Ines Tanovic, 'Our Everyday Life'

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The story of a middle-class Sarajevo family which struggles with all the problems typical for their society - unemployment, the advance of ruthless liberal capitalism, immigration, and illness - stars Serbian actors Uliks Fehmiu (Redemption Street, White White World), and Boro Stjepanović, stalwarts of Balkan cinema Emir Hadžihafizbegović and Jasna Ornela Bery, and Croatia's Nina Violić and Goran Navojec.

It is a co-production of Dokument Sarajevo, Croatia's Spiritus Movens and Slovenia's Studio Maj.

Tanovic talks to ScreenDaily about her film, her approach to film-making and her view of the position of women in Balkan and European cinema.

Where does the idea and inspiration for Our Everyday Life come from?

Partly it comes from my experiences. Many scenes in the film originate from my family life. I gathered together some scenes and ideas from my parents, and the atmosphere of my home when I was a child. I really like how the film turned out and how I feel it, as opposed to just seeing the images and hearing the sounds. I believe I managed to deliver the feeling and emotions that I intended to.

How did you select the cast? Especially unexpected but successful is the casting of Uliks Fehmiu.

As a director, I feel responsible for all aspects of making a film. When I was Iwriting the script, I had a clear idea whom I wanted for which role. I think the film is very powerful because Uliks, Emir and Jasna feel like a real family.

But the tough decision was to have two actors only six years apart to play father and son- Emir is six years older than Uliks. Everybody I consulted thought it was impossible, but I was convinced that they can deliver this relationship as actors, not through make-up, but with their approach. And they did.

In your documentaries, you tackled some very specific topics from the war in Bosnia. In your first feature film, there are no direct connections with the war-related subject matter.

My opinion as a film-maker is that documentary films are much stronger as a form for depiction of war-related themes. Life itself is much more powerful than anything you can re-create in a fiction film. I made the films about war in the documentary genre because I had actual live material to shoot, and I didn't have to re-create anything, because the war is still all around us in Bosnia. …

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