Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 

Miris Dunja

Yugoslavia, 1982, 97 min

Shown in 1983


Mirza Idrizovic
Zikrija Pasic, Mensud Arslanovic
Mirza Idrizovic, Zuko Dzumhur, Karel Valtera
Danjel Sukalo
Zora Brankovic
Mustafa Nadarevic, Ljiljana Blagojevic, Irfan Mensur, Izhet Hajdarhodzic

The Scent of Quince

The multinational Yugoslavian cinema is having a good decade, winning prizes and gaining critical acclaim at many festivals over the past three years. Curiously, some of the best new films are coming from the smaller republics, like Macedonia and Montenegor. Mirza Idrizovic hails from the republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and offers the exotic setting of Sarajevo in 1941. The Germans are walking the streets, and a Bosnian Muslim, Mustafa, decides to join with the occupation leaders to reap some of the spoils of war. Most of the action takes place in the townhouse of Mustafa’s patriarchal family—it’s here that the protagonist’s father has taken in the daughter of an old Jewish friend during the round-ups in town. In addition, there’s a colony of Christians living in the neighborhood, and this mixture of three cultures reflects the style of life in Sarajevo up to the present. The story that develops shows cowardice and courage, injustice and tolerance, a family divided, and the best part of a diverse population united against the Nazi oppression. The fourth feature by Mirza Idrizovic is a fine example of good craftsmanship, powerful subject matter and intelligent treatment coming together to produce a memorable film experience capable of stirring audiences far away from the filmmaker's native land. Fine atmospheric cinematography by Danjel Sukato.

—Ronald Holloway