Our Everyday Life

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    Our Everyday Life

    Naša svakodnevna priča

    Directed by

    Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia

    2015

    90 min

    • Bosnian

    Drama

    Bosnia & Herzegovinian submission for the Academy Awards

    A young war veteran tries to cope with unsolved political situation and economic hardships of postwar Bosnia, while his father cannot give up his socials beliefs in an increasingly corrupt society. Torn by the problems of the two men, the mother falls ill, her illness causing the family to bond again.

    Awards

    • Best Actor (Uliks Fehmiu) (New Europe - New Names) - Vilnius IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award, Best Screenplay - European FF
    • Audience award - Prishtina IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Goran Bogdan
    Goran Navojec
    Nina Violić
    Emir Hadžihafizbegović
    Jasna Ornela Bery
    Uliks Fehmiu
    Screenplay
    Ines Tanović
    Cinematography
    Erol Zubčević
    Editing
    Redžinald Šimek
    Music
    Halka

    Director's Statement

    OUR EVERY DAY LIFE is a story of problems of transition society. Bosnia Herzegovina is a country that had not fully departed from the previous system, and it never switched to capitalism in full; it got stuck in between. This state in which the society tries to impose some new standards, at the same time being unable to provide the basic conditions for living to the people. At the same time, one part of the country wants to get separated, while the West keeps Bosnia and Herzegovina in a sort of isolation. In all that, people feel all helplessness and futility of the past twenty years – from 1990 to 2010. Through the story of the Sušić family I want to paint a quite typical Sarajevo family.

    There is a “mixed” marriage of Muhamed and Marija. Son Saša, a former soldier in the Army of BH, daughter Senada who had fled first to Marija’s family in Belgrade, and then left to live in Berlin together with her boyfriend Goran, where she has been living to date. There are many destinies like this. And those are the people who are trying to live with all the problems and disappointments that are catching up with them. In the story, the character of Muhamed is very prominent as he lives his catharsis, transforming from a rigid man who is incapable of changing his positions and thus hurtful to his dearest ones into a kind and emotional father who realizes that the family is the most important thing.

    His character depicts the current state of our economy, where successful companies are being sold for next to nothing, where the war profiteers are becoming local powerful figures, where honest people find it hard to adjust to the new system of values. Saša is yet another young man who feels cheated as the war had not brought a victory, just a status quo. Generation of people at their 40-ties had lost their youth, while the 21st century had offered nothing, no freedom, no successful business, no progress.

    The mother is the strength of the family that had kept them together. In the end, faced with Marija's illness and possibility of death, as absurd as it may seem, they all get back to each other and the family begins to function again. In spite of being a story about difficulties, the film should project the impression that Bosnia is a country where emotions are palpable, where in spite of everything, the humour, life and love persevere.

    Production
    DOKUMENT SARAJEVO

    Press

    This intimate drama, simple, low-key but amazingly perceptive, offers a slice of middle-class life.

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

    A splendid cast.

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

    A compelling, character-driven drama.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Ines Tanovic

    Ines Tanovic

    Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Born in Sarajevo, Ines Tanovic is a graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sarajevo. Since 1996 she has worked at Bosnian Television as an editor and director. She attended the Berlinale Talent Campus 2006 and her project DECISION was selected in Berlin Today Award 2011. She directed the Bosnian part of the long feature omnibus SOME OTHER STORIES. The Film has been invited on more than 40 world festivals and won six international prizes. In 2004, she was given a Hubert Ball Fund reward for the script ENTANGLEMENT. For her documentary project OUR EVERY DAY LIFE which was a part of CineLink market at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2010, she was rewarded with International Relations Arte Prize. Author of the documentaries EXHIBITION (2010), LIVING MONUMENT (2012), COAL MINE (2012), GHETTO 59 (2013) and A DAY ON THE DRINA (2011) which was rewarded with Big Stamp for Best Film in Regional Competition Program at ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival 2012. Her feature film OUR EVERYDAY LIFE screened at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2015. Her latest film THE SON (2019) opened the 25th edition of the festival in 2019.

    Selected Filmography