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Stille Sehnsucht - Warchild
ein Film von Christian Wagner

balkan blues trilogy



kinostart 9.11.06


Senada (Labina Mitevska) und Natasha (Lucija Scerbezia) in der Disco Sarajevo.

Senada (Labina Mitevska) and her best friend Natasha (Lucija Scerbezia) in a discothek in Sarajevo.

Warchild Reviews

This second feature film by German director Christian Wagner’s Balkan Blues Trilogy is one of those rare war films, like “Apocalypse Now” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” that makes brilliant use of symbolism. The award-winning picture follows the riveting misfortunes of Senada, a 30-year-old mother who lost her 2-year-old daughter during the Bosnian conflict. Ten years after the disappearance, she goes on a hunt to find her daughter and, in effect, a resolution to all she has lost to the war.

T.Straus San Francisco Chronicle 8-2008

Wagner's movie is based on a true story. There are in fact many cases in which a child was separated from its parents during a war and adopted by a family in a different country. The images are perturbing, bleak, and picturesque - all at the same time. WARCHILD tells a deeply moving story and is well worth waiting for you. KINO KINO German TV

Outstanding! Sueddeustche Zeitung 2006


Winner Bavarian Filmaward 2006 (Special Jury Prize) “Christian Wagner demonstrates utmost empathy in his moving parable of a mother who finds her lost daughter after more than 10 years and at the same time has to accept that she might have to say goodbye for the second time. The film makes a valuable contribution to a particular period in contemporary European history that is not too far away in years, but in terms of awareness could not be more remote.”

Statement of the jury (excerpt)

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Co-Production Studio MAJ (Slovenia)
in Co-Production SWR - BR - arte -
funded by
and E U R I M A G E S
supported by GERMAN FILMS

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Press conference WARCHILD
(Compétition mondiale)

FILMFESTIVALS WELTWEIT: WORLD FILM FESTIVAL MONTRÉAL (im Wettbewerb) Festival Slovenskega Filma 2006, Hamptons International Filmfestival 2006, Ljubljana International Filmfestival 2006 Biberacher Fimtage 2006 Thessaloniki International Filmfestival 2006 Kolkata film festival 2006 German Filmweek in London 2006 Opening film German Filmweek in Dublin 2006 Solothurner Filmtage 2007 Göteborg International Filmfestival 2007 Berlinale/German Cinema 2007 German Filmweek in Washington, 2007 Sofia International Filmfestival 2007 Philadelphia International Filmfestival 2007 Febio Film Festival Prague 2007 Bolzano Cinema / Bozner Filmtage 2007 Festival del Cinema Europeo, Lecce 2007 Minneapolis International Filmfestival 2007 German Filmweek in Tokyo 2007 Festival of German Films, Mannheim-Ludwigshafen 2007 "Lubuskie Lato Filmowe" Lagów, Poland 2007 Serbian Filmfestival, Novi Sad, Serbia 2007 Cambridge Film Festival, UK 2007 EU-Filmfestival, Tashkent 2007 German Filmfestival in Mexico 2007 Edinburgh International Filmfestival 2007 EU-Filmfestival, Johannesburg 2007 Millvalley International Filmfestival, USA 2007 Copenhagen International Filmfestival 2007 Molodist International Filmfestival, Kiev / Ukraine 2007 Rehoboth Film Festival USA 2007 Festival of European Film in Skopje 2007 German Filmweek in Singapore 2007 German Film Festival Pristina/KOSOVO 2007 Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival/Turkey 2007 Chennai International Filmfestival/India 2007 Poona International Filmfetsival / India 2008 Amnesty International Fimfestival Amsterdam 2008 German Filmweek in Budapest/Hungary 2008 German Filmweek in Bukarest 2008 Pune International Film Festival India 2008 Fronteras International Film Festival Colombia 2008 German Filmweek in Bangalore 2008 Latinamerican Filmfestival Lima 2008
Crossing the borders Filmfestival San Francisco 2008