Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza)


Year: 2013
Run Time: 74 minutes

Nazif and Senada live in a tiny Roma settlement in rural Bosnia. Nazif is a loving father and provides as best he can, chopping wood for the stove and tearing apart old cars to make cash. Senada spends her time cooking and watching over Sandra and Semsa, their adorably rambunctious and bored preschoolers. One day Senada has severe pains in her abdomen. The child she is carrying has died, and she needs an operation before sepsis sets in. But since they have no money and no insurance, the hospitals refuse to help. AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER is based on a true story that outraged the public, with real-life couple Nazif and Senada re-enacting their own harrowing experience. This eye-opening story is raw as the bleak midwinter, and raw as the lives these people lead. This film was the winner of the jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival and short-listed for this year’s Oscars®. (In Bosnian with subtitles) —B.B.

Danis Tanović

Amra Bakšić Čamo, Čedomir Kolar, Danijel Hočevar

Danis Tanović

Erol Zubčević

Timur Makarević

Principal Cast
Senada Alimanović, Nazif Mujić, Sandra Mujić, Šemsa Mujić

Director Bio
Danis Tanović is a Bosnian film director and screenwriter, best known for "No Man's Land," which won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2008, Tanović established Naša Stranka, a grassroots political party based in Sarajevo.

Select Filmography
"No Man's Land" (2001), "Hell" (2005), "Triage" (2009), "Cirkus Columbia" (2010), AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER (2013)

Print Source

The Match Factory GmbH



This film is presented with the generous support of GEORGINE and CARL RAK.

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