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Welcome to Sarajevo [DVD] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Michael Winterbottom's ingenious drama, adapted by journalist Michael Nicholson from his memoir NATASHA'S STORY, concerns the horrific bloodshed that broke out in Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Most specifically, the film focuses its attention on Bosnia, the capital of Sarajevo, when the violence was its most intense and unpredictable. The story follows a group of journalists who spend their days braving the front lines, searching for footage that will guarantee them a prime slot on their local newscast. Stephen Dillane plays Michael Henderson, a disillusioned English war reporter working alongside cameraman Gregg (James Nesbitt) and producer Jane (Kerry Fox). The trio immediately befriends their new driver, Risto (Goran Visnjic), while contending with Flynn (Woody Harrelson), a hotshot American who is more interested in individual glory than the war itself. When Nina (Marisa Tomei), a relief worker, arrives to shuttle a busload of children out of the country, Henderson takes it upon himself to smuggle out Emira (Emira Nusevic), an apparent orphan, risking his life in the process. With WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, Winterbottom cleverly combines documentary footage of the horrific acts of "ethnic cleansing" with a more traditional story, resulting in a highly original motion picture that aims to shed light on the tragic civil war that ravaged Yugoslavia.
  • Credits
    Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Emira Nusevic, Kerry Fox, Goran Visnjic, James Nesbitt, Emily Lloyd, Emily Lloyd Pack, Igor Dzambazov, Gordana Gadzic, Juliet Aubrey, Drazen Sivak, Vesna Orel, Davor Janjic, Vladimir Jokanovic, Izudina Brutus, Labina Mitevska, Sanja Buric, Haris Secic, Kerry Shale, Majda Tusar, Miralem Zupcevic, Peter Kelly, Dijana Bolanca, Nino Levi, Berina Salijevic, Frank Dillane, Paige Brogan-Smith, Petar Arsovski, Viktorija Peceva, Nikolina Kujaca, Joana Popov
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The film has an] emotive power..."
    Film Comment

    "...[A] visceral climax....It keeps its focus..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Mr. Winterbottom presents a gonzo guided tour of life under fire....Goran Visnjic gives a gently affecting performance and best illustrates the civilians' plight..."
    New York Times

    "...Emotionally engaging..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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