On the Path

On the Path

Film poster
Directed by Jasmila Žbanić
Produced by Damir Ibrahimović
Written by Jasmila Žbanić
Starring Zrinka Cvitešić
Leon Lučev
Nina Violić
Mirjana Karanović
Cinematography Christine A. Maier
Release dates
  • 18 February 2010 (2010-02-18) (Berlinale)
  • 20 February 2010 (2010-02-20) (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Language Bosnian

On the Path (Bosnian: Na putu) is a 2010 Bosnian and Herzegovinian drama film directed by Jasmila Žbanić.


Luna and Amar are a young Bosnian couple living in Sarajevo. Both have traumatic memories from the Bosnian War of the 1990s. Luna had seen her parents killed by an anti-Muslim militia in Bijeljina, and had come to Sarajevo with her grandparents as a child refugee. Amar had served as a soldier in the war and lost his brother. At present, however, they have apparently built up a successful life - she as an air hostess with B&H Airlines, he as an air traffic controller at the Sarajevo International Airport. When she comes back from a flight they make love passionately and go to have a good time at a local nightclub. Though identifying as "Muslims" in the context of Bosnia's ethnic set-up, religion plays no part in their life. In fact, Amar drinks alcohol a bit too much - which is forbidden by Islam - and it is this which begins to put their relationship under strain.

First of all, Amar loses his job for being drunk at work. Luna is very worried and has little hope of realizing her fragile dream of having a child with Amar. But her fears for their future increase when Amar takes on a well-paid job in a Muslim community hours away from where they live. Only after quite some time has elapsed during which they have had no contact with each other, is Luna allowed to visit Amar in this community of conservative Wahhabis in its idyllic lakeside location. She notices that the men and veiled women live in strict segregation and are closely watched. Luna asks Amar to return home with her but Amar insists that life in this isolated community of faithful followers has brought him peace and also keeps him from drinking. When he returns home a few weeks later, Luna realizes that Amars attitude to religion has fundamentally changed. Amar claims that his only interest is to become a better person, but Luna finds it extremely difficult to follow his line of thinking. 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.



The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] At the 7th Yerevan Golden Apricot International Film Festival the film won the FIPRESCI Prize.[2]


  1. "60th Berlin International Film Festival: Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. "Golden Apricot International Film Festival". gaiff.am. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
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