The Oscar nomination gave the film “Quo Cadis, Aida?” a big boost because a lot of people have heard about it and watched it after the nomination, Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic said Monday evening during an online press conference after the Oscar Award Ceremony.
Zbanic was in Los Angeles at the time with the film producer Damir Ibrahimovic who said:
“All the awards and nominations only raised people’s interest in the film and we’re only now starting the world distribution of the film for the next two years.”
Zbanic said that many people supported the idea of the film and that its main goal was achieved.
“During this entire process, many people supported the film. We had such obstacles that we were able to overcome them only thanks to the love and energy of the individuals involved. After the screening, I think the film gained support from friends. In general, the fact that we were nominated for all these awards, I think we owe that to our friends who tried to reach the distributors,” she said, adding:
“Our goal was for people to see the film. (During the stay in the US) we came up to a ‘wall’ where people were saying that the movie was too difficult for them to watch, that they couldn’t watch it. It’s just the way things are and I think it’s so everywhere because people like simpler things, they don’t like to suffer. I think yesterday when we hung out with these people, we realized that a lot of people didn't watch the film.”
Zbanic’s war drama about a female U.N. interpreter’s desperate efforts to save her family during the 1995 genocide in the east Bosnian town of Srebrenica was the second Bosnian film to be nominated for the Oscar. The first director to bring the award home was Danis Tanovic for his “No Man’s Land” in 2002.
Negotiations with HBO and future projects
“I'm currently in negotiations with HBO about filming a series, a few episodes to see how the process goes. We should also make a film in Croatia, Aldo Tardocija's ‘Strigun’. We are also working on Alen Drljevic's film ‘Christ Kind’ and several other things are happening at the same time,” Zbanic concluded.