Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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the place we left
Short Documentary Film, AT/DE/BA 2012, Farbe, 59 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2012

Director, Script, Editor, Location Sound: Clarissa Thieme
Cast: Zlata Filipovic, Amira Lekic, Edin Forto, Jasmina Gavrankapetanovic u.a.
Camera: Clarissa Thieme, Eldar Emric
Sounddesign: Christian Obermaier
Producers: Christian Frosch, Kristina Konrad, Amira Lekic, Christine A. Maier
Production: weltfilm (AT/DE)
Co-production: deblokada (BA)


Sarajevo in a slow pan: The city feels serene, almost majestic. Then suddenly the horrors of the military siege of 1992 flare up before our eyes. Thieme foregoes conventional TV images and instead opts for narrative. A story of six people who were forced to flee Sarajevo during this time, set against her visual conception. What does it mean to be forced to start your life all over again? Do you harbor guilt if you flee to save your own life?