Death in Sarajevo (2016)



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While the manager of Sarajevo's historic Hotel Europa makes preparations for an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination, the hotel's employees, who have not been paid for two months, are planning to go on strike. Meanwhile, a French diplomat rehearses a speech for the occasion in his VIP suite, and a TV news reporter interviews people at the hotel about war and its consequences. Danis Tanovic directed this political drama adapted from a play by French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy.


Critic Reviews for Death in Sarajevo

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Throwing together multiple characters in a single luxury hotel, this Altman-esque ensemble drama has lofty aims, but misses the target.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Polemical as it is, Death in Sarajevo is a hotel movie, one that fluidly entertains even as it educates.

Mar 1, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Written and directed by Danis Tanovic, the Oscar-winning Bosnian director of No Man's Land, Death in Sarajevo presents a damning allegory for modern Europe.

Mar 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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An expertly modulated choral drama that is also one of the most clear-cut and boldly stated summations of Bosnia's paralyzing discord.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Director Danis] Tanovic succeeds in moving away from the past conflict to look into the eyes of the dreaded present. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This tragicomedy asks how many times a continent can die and not draw any new conclusions from the experience.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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