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

The Miner


Year: 2017
Run Time: 103 minutes

The Miner
The Miner
The Miner
The Miner

With closures threatening his 30-year career as a miner, Alija is given a chance to survive layoffs by the ruthless mining company. He is to inspect a mine shut down during WWII, checking to make sure it is empty for permanent closure. While Alija is conducting his inspection, he finds evidence the mine was the sight of a massacre and may contain hundreds of bodies. Alija must bring this finding to light. He is a Bosnian refugee, and as a child was the sole survivor of his village during a similar atrocity. But the mining company, the police, and the government do not want this event to be revealed. Alija, having known the horror of families unsure of the fate of loved ones, reveals his discovery to the authorities and the media. Now a new grave is planned, one in which history will be buried and possibly Alija himself. THE MINER powerfully and gracefully exposes the layers of grief and defiance Alija bears in his fight to bring justice and truth up from the depths. (In Slovenian with subtitles) —C.R.

THE MINER was selected as Slovenia’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:40 AM

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Hanna Slak

Hanna Slak was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1975. In 2003 she graduated from the Academy of Theater, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. She has gone on to write and direct several short and feature films. Her work has received numerous awards and nominations.

Blind Spot (2002), Co/Ma (2004), Desperado Tonic (2004), Teah (2007), THE MINER (2017)

Miha Knific, Siniša Juričić

Hanna Slak

Matthias Pilzner

Vlado Gojun

Principal Cast
Leon Lučev, Marina Redžepović, Zala Đurić Ribič, Tin Marn, Boris Cavazza

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