Miro, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia lives in Toronto. When he finds out that his pre-war friend Dado, who has been missing for almost two decades, is now wanted for war-era crimes, his life starts to unravel. Upon hearing that Dado still visits a village on the outskirts of Sarajevo, Miro embarks on a trip back to Bosnia to find his friend.
Director's Note: During my film studies, I wanted to make a film that could capture a feeling of loss, coupled with the inability to move on with one’s life. This was a feeling that resonated with me and many other people who emigrated to the West from former Yugoslavia as a result of the war.[more info]
Using personal home video footage, this documentary follows how a young boy’s attempts to avoid a poor mark on a school assignment in 1990’s Sarajevo, may have contributed to a civil war.
Director’s Note: The Fuse is a story of childhood naïveté, and of those moments, in this case rather ominous ones, which inevitably teach a child that he is not the center of the universe. In the Fuse, I wanted to explore the universality of this feeling, albeit within the very specific and traumatic context of the Bosnian civil war. Sensing that everything is about to change, the nine-year-old boy, Igor, appears even slightly excited, being oblivious to the chaos that was about to engulf Sarajevo.
Mirza, a young Sarajevo orphan, earns easy money by assisting a local drug dealer. Dispatched on a job one day, a chance encounter makes him painfully aware of his despicable role - but equally of the possibility of changing things for the better.
As a couple argues, their young son goes outside to drown them out. When the father takes off in his car in an attempt to calm down, he is unaware that his leisurely drive might have tragic consequences.
An elderly couple begin to lose their bond as the monotony of their lives erodes their ability to communicate.
Jasmin, once a successful actor in former Yugoslavia, now lives in Toronto with his second wife and young son. While juggling a construction job and a busy audition schedule, he dreams of re-launching an old televised stage show that made him famous in his homeland. When he is cast in a role that triggers recollections of the civil war, he is forced to reconcile his current reality with memories of his past success.
Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Drljača moved to Canada in 1993 due to the wars in former Yugoslavia. He completed his Master’s in Film Production at York University’s graduate program in 2011. He runs the production company TimeLapse pictures with York Alumn Albert Shin. He is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter artist award for media arts. His award winning shorts include WOMAN IN PURPLE (2010), and THE FUSE: OR HOW I BURNED SIMON BOLIVAR (2011), which have screened at hundreds of festivals. His critically acclaimed feature film KRIVINA (2012) premiered at TIFF and screened at dozens of international festivals. In 2014 he co-produced Albert Shin’s TIFF 2014 favorite IN HER PLACE, which received 7 CSA nominations. He is in post-production on his sophomore feature THE WAITING ROOM, which will be released this year. His third feature film, TABIJA, which is in development, received Rotterdam’s Cinemart Eurimages Prize and was also selected for the prestigious Cannes L’Atalier program.
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