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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

A Roma family lives far from the urban centres of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif salvages metal from old cars and sells it to a scrap-dealer. The mother Senada keeps the house tidy, cooks, bakes and cares for their two small daughters. One day, she feels a sharp pain in her abdomen. At the hospital she is told there is something wrong with the baby she is carrying: "They say it's dead." She is at risk of septicaemia and they must operate immediately. But Senada has no medical insurance, since the operation will cost much more than the family can afford the hospital's head refuses to treat her. A race against time together with a mounting sense of hopelessness played by a cast of non-professional actors re-enacting an episode from their own lives. Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix and the Silver Bear for best actor at the Berlin Film Festival 2013.
Original title
Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza
English title
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Year
2013
Language
BS, RO
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
71 min
Genre
Age rating
15

Awards

Berlinale - Competition
Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize
2013

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