TABIJA (THE WHITE FORTRESS)

In the rundown Sarajevo suburb of Alipasino Polje, Faruk is an orphan who lives with his ill grandmother and spends his days foraging for scrap metal and dabbling in petty crime.  One day he meets Mona, a timid teen from a politically powerful and affluent family. As Mona dreams of escaping the overbearing toxicity of her home life, she seeks refuge and opens herself up to Faruk, a boy from a world entirely different than her own. 

Directed and Written by: Igor Drljača

Starring: Pavle Cemerikic, Sumeja Dardagan, Jasmin Geljo, Kerim Cutuna, Alban Ukaj, Irena Mulamuhic

Genre: Drama

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"Tabija oscillates between thriller and fairy tale. In multi-layered images, the film tells of the romantic dreams of young people and simultaneously documents tangibly the atmosphere of post-war Sarajevo...a declaration of love for Sarajevo."

- Berlinale

"...a sorrowful little love story that is also a touching portrait of a generation trapped in their nation’s divided present, which is itself a legacy of its troubled past..."

- Variety

"Bosnian filmmaker Igor Drljača's new crime-drama, which turns into a romance, is his most accomplished, touching and thought-provoking film yet."

- Cineuropa