Remake (2003 film)

For other uses, see Remake (disambiguation).
Directed by Dino Mustafić
Produced by Enes Cviko
Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre
Written by Zlatko Topčić
Starring Ermin Bravo
Aleksandar Seksan
Ermin Sijamija
Dejan Aćimović
Lucija Šerbedžija
Francois Berleand
Evelyne Bouix
Music by Adi Lukovac
Cinematography Mustafa Mustafić
Edited by Andrija Zafranović
Forum Film
MACT Productions
Turkish Radio & Television (TRT)
Distributed by Forum Film
Release dates
23 January 2003 (Netherlands) (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
22 February 2003 (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (premiere)
9 March 2003 (Serbia) (Belgrade Film Festival)
25 March 2003 (France) (Paris Film Festival)
17 May 2003 (Croatia) (premiere)
3 July 2003 (Germany) (Filmfest München)
7 July 2003 (Czech Republic) (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
3 October 2003 (Poland) (Warsaw Film Festival)
21 August 2004 (US) (Wine Country Film Festival)
6 August 2007 (Hungary) (TV premiere)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Bosnia-Herzegovina
Language Bosnian

Remake is a 2003 Bosnian film that was made in Turkish-French co-production of Bosnian director Dino Mustafić. Produced by Enes Cviko and famous BAFTA Award-winning producer and actress Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, producer of the film which won a Golden Globe and was nominated for two Oscars. The film stars Ermin Bravo, Aleksandar Seksan, Ermin Sijamija, Dejan Aćimović, Lucija Šerbedžija, Francois Berleand and Evelyne Bouix and was written by famous multiple award-winning Bosnian writer and screenwriter Zlatko Topčić and inspired by a true story.

Remake follows father Ahmed and son Tarik Karaga during World War II and the Siege of Sarajevo.

The film premiered at prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam[1][2] on 23 January 2003, where it was the most watched movie,[3] and was elected one of the five best films of the festival. It was released to cinemas throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina on 22 February 2003.[4]


With an interval of fifty years in between, the film brings the experience of the start of the Siege of Sarajevo. Remake tells three tragic stories in one. The first is about the young Bosniak Tarik, who manages to get out of the besieged Sarajevo, where he was violently separated from his aged father.

He reaches Paris in 1993, where he starts working on a film script about the life of his father Ahmed, who experienced the outbreak of the World War II in Sarajevo. Remake is however more than a war film. It is also a coming-of-age drama, with scenes in which Ahmed and Tarik (with an intervening period of fifty years) go out with their friends, have fun, fall in love.

Cast and characters

  • Ermin Bravo as Tarik Karaga, the main character
  • Aleksandar Seksan as Miro Jovanović, Tarik's best friend
  • Miralem Zupčević as Ahmed Karaga, Tarik's father
  • Ermin Sijamija portrays the younger version of Ahmed
  • Dejan Aćimović as Duke Mišo, one of the commanders of the local Serbian forces and Tarik's neighbor
  • Lucija Šerbedžija as Eva Bebek, Ahmed girlfriend from his youth
  • Slaven Knezović as Marko Kalaba, Ahmed's friend
  • Helena Minić as Alma Dizdarević, Tarik's girlfriend
  • Jasna Diklić as Desa Jovanović, Miro's mother
  • Zijah Sokolović as Mirsad Alihodžić, BH Refugee in France
  • Evelyne Bouix as Katrin Leconte, producer's wife
  • François Berléand as Francois - Charles Leconte, producer
  • Haris Begović as Adis Dizdarević, Alma's younger brother
  • Izudin Bajrović as Jovo, Serbian soldier
  • Emir Hadžihafizbegović as Željko, Serbian guard
  • Admir Glamočak as an interrogator, investigator Ustasha
  • Mario Drmać as Remzo, a singer from the camp
  • Miraj Grbić as Mitar, Serbian guard
  • Mirsad Tuka as Vaso, Serbian soldier
  • Mirza Tanović as French UN officer
  • Rade Čolović as Zoka, Serbian guard
  • Jasmin Mekić as Miki, Serbian soldier
  • Mirvad Kurić as Salko, captive
  • Tahir Nikšić as Vlado, captive
  • Nakib Abdagić as Zijo Bajrić, captive
  • Edhem Husić as Meho Mizić, captive
  • Božo Bunjevac as Avdo Ligata, captive
  • Vlado Kerošević as major
  • Alen Muratović as Džemo, illegal
  • Tatjana Šojić as announcer
  • Vlado Jokanović as clergyman
  • Bojan Trišić as gutterman
  • Aldin Zulić as Don Dragiša de la Kuvelja
  • Boris Balta as Ustasha


Musician Adi Lukovac and folk singer Emina Zečaj collaborated on the soundtrack for the film.[5] It was Lukovac's final project before dying in a car accident in 2006.





Remake was extremely popular and had a huge success at the box office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and worldwide, and the audience and critics rate it very highly.[7] In 2003 it was the most-watched motion picture from their home country[8] and is one of the most-popular, most-watched, most-expensive, most-profitable and most-awarded Bosnian and regional films ever.[9][10] It is considered one of the best films in the former Yugoslavia.[11]

On IMDb, it is assessed grade 7.6/10,[12] garnering general praise for the film's emotional engagement through some of its shocking and touching scenes. The main theme is the question that so often arises in this region after all the events in the past; revenge or forgiveness. The film eventually gives the answer to this dilemma. The scene from the beginning of the film with Ahmed Karaga and strongman Don Dragiša de la Kuvelja symbolizes that force is not necessarily to win, paper which fell Tarik and Alma on the hill overlooking Sarajevo represents grenades, fire and horror that soon follows. Ahmed nearly died in defense of their Serb neighbors, who, ironically, some fifty years later killed. The striking was the scene with "Singer" in the camp, which the critics rated as one of the key in the whole film.

Ronald Holloway from the famous German magazine and portal Kino-German Film & International Reports based in Berlin, the film was rated excellent, deeply moving and engaged, and Deborah Young from the most influential world film and theater magazine and portal, American Variety based in Los Angeles (Hollywood) and New York (Broadway), the film was evaluated a masterpiece.

The film has experienced huge success abroad. It was screened at over forty most prestigious international film festivals around the world. Some of the most important are: International Film Festival Rotterdam,[13] Berlin International Film Festival, Paris Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Festival, Salerno International Film Festival, Sofia International Film Festival, São Paulo International Film Festival, Houston Cinema Arts Festival (Texas),[14] Monaco International Film Festival, International Istanbul Film Festival,[15][16] Montreal World Film Festival, Filmfest München, New York Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival (Ohio)[17] and many others. Its US premiere had on the prestigious Wine Country Film Festival in San Francisco (California). It was screened at festivals in the Netherlands, Poland,[18] Croatia, Serbia, France, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Bulgaria, Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Monaco, Germany, the Czech Republic,[19] United States and in Hungary experienced the TV premiere.

Remake[20] is the first film directed by Dino Mustafić, which sets forward the thesis that history repeats itself, through the movie's many symbols and allegories, or that those who did not learn the historical lessons, forced to repeat them. Mustafić in an interview said: "We need a cathartic films that talk about our recent past. They are just as important as a testimony to the evil and stupidity of war does not happen again."[21] Screenwriter Zlatko Topčić said: "The script is devoid of ideological and daily political tinge. This movie wants to be a movie of love, not hate."[22] The film was not only the debut of Dino Mustafić,[23] but for the writer Zlatko Topčić[24] as the lead actors Ermin Bravo, Ermin Sijamija, Mario Drmać and the young Croatian actress Helena Minić. It is essential to the emergence of famous world-renowned French actors Francois Berleand and Evelyne Bouix. A prominent role was played by Croatian actors Dejan Aćimović, Lucija Šerbedžija and Slaven Knezović.

See also


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  2. "32. Internacionalni Film Festival Rotterdam". 22 January 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. "Dino Mustafić novo je veliko ime evropske kinematografije: Njegov film "Remake" najgledaniji je u Rotterdamu". 30 January 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. "Održana sarajevska premijera REMAKE-a". 23 February 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. "Priča i pjeva u emisiji Četvrtkom o kulturi". Radio Sarajevo. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  6. "Bh. filmovi: Najkvalitetniji domaći proizvod u svijetu". oslobođ 24 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  7. "REMAKE premijera u Sarajevu 22/02/2003". 19 February 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  8. "U Forumovim kinima u Sarajevu najgledaniji "Remake"". Retrieved 2011-03-12.
  9. "REVIEW: Remake, a film from Sarajevo by Dino Mustafić". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  10. "Review: "Remake"". 18 February 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  11. "Najbolji filmovi ex yu kinematografije". 27 April 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  12. "Remake". Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  13. "Rotterdam Film Festival: REMAKE će dobiti nagradu publike!?". 25 January 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  14. "REMAKE ide u Sofiju, Salerno, Pariz, Houston". 7 February 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  15. "Remake na filmskom festivalu u Istanbulu". 16 April 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  16. ""Remake" se takmiči za Grand Prix". 27 April 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  17. "CIFF: "Remake"". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  18. "WFF: "Remake"". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  19. "KVIFF programme - Remake". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  20. "10 zabranjenih filmova koje publika u RS ne smije gledati". 18 April 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  21. "BH. FILM DANAS". Retrieved 2011-03-12.
  22. "PRVA KLAPA BIH FILMA "REMAKE"". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  23. "Rađa se najintrigantnija kinematografija jugoistočne Europe". 25 September 2002. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  24. "Družinsko prekletstvo: Zlatko Topčić, scenarist filma "Remake"". 19 November 2002. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
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