Snow (Snijeg)

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A handful of women struggle to survive as war tears their families and communities apart in this drama set in Bosnia during the mid-1990s. Slavno is a small town which has been turned by the war into a city of women; nearly all the men are either off fighting or have been killed in battle, leaving wives and mothers to look after their children on their own and tend the farms that are the backbone of the local economy. Alma (Zana Marjanovic), who makes and cans her own preserves, gets a brainstorm for a new source of income when an auto accident sends a truck driver (Muhamed Hadzovic) crashing through her wares. Alma makes a deal with the trucker to distribute her goods to other towns nearby in hopes of boosting Slavno's feeble economy. Another potential windfall arrives in the form of two real estate speculators (Jasmin Geljo and Dejan Spasic) who make an offer to buy Slavno lock, stock and barrel, but the women are sharply divided on the merits of this proposal. The first feature film from writer and director Aida Begic, Snijeg (aka Snow) was screened as part of the Critics' Week program at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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