Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

Cannes Film Festival 1997

Palme d'Or
Michael Winterbottom

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

International journalists risk their lives to obtain footage in Sarajevo in the early stages of the Bosnian War. A British reporter becomes determined to save children at an orphanage. He eventually arranges for most of them to be bused to Italy but brings one of them home with him to England. He intends to adopt her, but must return to Sarajevo to convince her mother. A gripping and important story, but the focus on children is borderline exploitation. Incorporates real footage which is very graphic and difficult to watch.

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