Life is a Miracle(Zivot je cudo)

  • Dir: Emir Kusturic

  • Serbia, 2004, Serbian, 154mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Slavko Stimac, Natasa Tapuskovic, Vesna Trivalic, Goran Jevtic

War is madness; Kusturica’s way to stay sane is encapsulating life-affirming craziness – and his gypsy techno-pop music – in a Romeo and Juliet tale. Set around the Bosnian War, the compelling satire focuses on a Serbian railway engineer, whose world comes crashing down when he becomes enamored with a lovely Muslim hostage who is to be exchanged for his captured son. Enshrouding anti-war overtones in his trademark operatic excesses, fantastical flights and rollicking humour, this blistering romance affirms that life is a miracle – made possible by a seemingly lovelorn and suicidal donkey.

César Awards: Best European Union Film

Cannes Film Festival: In Competition


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