Archive Cinema City 2010.

On the Path

Na putu

Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina/Austria/Germany/Croatia
Year: 2009
Duration: 100 min

Director: Jasmila Žbanić
Scenario: Jasmila Žbanić

Cast: Zrinka Cvitešić, Leon Lučev, Nina Violić, Mirjana Karanović, Jasna Beri, Sebastian Cavazza, Ermin Bravo, Marija Kohn, Jasna Žalica

Programme selection: Balkan Box


Loving young couple Luna and Amar try their best to overcome unexpected obstacles that threaten their relationship. Luna is forgiving of her husband’s funloving late nights out, but airport ground control will not tolerate his drinking on the job. Amar is suspended from work and he stubbornly rejects substance abuse counseling. The couple is faced with another blow when, after two years of trying to get pregnant with no success, they must now proceed with artificial insemination.

Amar is eventually led to a computer teaching job after a chance meeting with Bahrija - an old army buddy turned strictly orthodox Wahhabi Muslim. Luna is unenthusiastic since Amar will be forced to live hours from the city, and she also doesn’t like the looks of Bahrija. When Amar returns home several weeks later, Luna begins to notice a dramatic change in her husband. He makes a scandal at a family gathering with his newfound orthodox preaching. He spends more and more time in the mosque, in addition to practicing disciplined prayer at home.

Luna begins to realize the growing rift between her and her husband when Amar pushes her to read religious dogma. He suggests that they abstain from sex and not have a child until they are married under Islamic law. Luna confesses that she feels like she doesn’t know him anymore, and Amar insists that he is just trying to become a better man.

Distraught Luna tries to understand the new Amar and his beliefs, making her more confused than ever. She begins to question everything that she has believed in, even her desire to have a child. As the wounds of a tragic war-filled past continue to haunt her, Luna tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep her and Amar together on the path to a lifetime of happiness.



Jasmila Žbanić (born December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo) is a film director from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, department for theater and film directing. She also worked as a puppeteer in the Vermont-based "Bread and Puppet" Theater and as a clown in a Lee De Long workshop. She is noted for the 2006 Golden Bear winning film Grbavica. In 1997 she has founded an artist's association "DEBLOKADA". Žbanić has a young daughter named Zoe. Her 2010 film Na putu was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

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