Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Summer in the Golden Valley
(Ljeto u Zlatnoj Dolini)

Year: 2003
Country: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINIA, FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 104 minutes

Fikret, 16, enjoys rap music and the thought of escaping the drug-ridden, war-ravaged capital city with his girlfriend. Then Fikret's father suddenly dies. As part of the traditional Muslim funeral ceremonies, the community is asked to publicly forgive the father's sins. Astoundingly, one mourner does not! Hamid, a man whom half of Sarajevo knows, but nobody seems to know what he does for a living. Hamid claims the dead man secretly owed him 50,000 marks, an unexplained debt his family is obligated to pay to make everything halal. This is ultimate humiliation, and Fikret determines to redeem his family's disgrace and satisfy Hamid, a course of action that puts the youth in the path of a kidnapped girl and two dangerously corrupt cops. "I am part of a generation of sons whose fathers left them nothing but a legacy of destroyed cities, fallen principles and the chaos of a broken society," declares writer-director Srdan Vuletic. His kinetic debut dramatizes the dilemma of sons who become hostages of bad decisions made in the past. (In Bosnian with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Srdjan Vuletic

Producer
Admir Kenovic

Cinematography
Slobodan Trninic

Editing
Catherine Kelber

Principal Cast
Haris Sijaric, Kemal Cebo, Zana Marjanovic, Svetozar Cvetkovic, Aleksander Seksan, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic

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