(So She Doesn’t Live)
Faruk Lončarević

Bosnia and Herzegovina
2020, HD, col., 92’
Bosnian o.v.

1) Inspired by a true story, can you tell us how the idea and subject of the film came about?
2) Aida’s personal story intertwines with Bosnia’s national history, particularly in relation to the themes of crime and punishment. How did you set up the film to have such a structure?
3) Relations between genders is an important issue in your film, but also toxic masculinity in a little Bosnian town. Why did you choose to address these issues?

Sceneggiatura, montaggio / Screenplay, Editing: Faruk Lončarević. Fotografia / Photography: Alen Alilović. Musica / Music: Mirza Tahirović, Armin Saković. Suono / Sound: Mirza Tahirović. Costumi / Costume Designer: Lejla Graho. Interpreti / Cast: Aida Bukva, Dino Sarija, Enes Kozličić, Aleksandar Seksan, Mehmed Porča, Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić. Produzione / Produced by: Faruk Lončarević, Rusmir Efendić.


Bosnian province. Aida is trying to remove herself from the mundaneness of the everyday. After breaking up with her violent partner Kerim she starts a relationship with an older man. Kerim is bitter about the failed relationship destroying his plans in life. In the meantime, he hangs out with his younger and inexperienced friend Suad. Restless and trapped in the small town they need to do something. Aida meets Kerim to resolve the issue and while she thinks her relationship will finally be over, she is going to face the inevitable. Tako da ne ostane živa is based on true events, the most disturbing murder case in post-war Bosnia.

“Ever since I heard of the brutal murder of the 23-year-old woman Arnela in a small Bosnian provincial town I was intrigued, not just by the violence and hatred, but most of all by the pure destructive impulse in these two young men …This was not a crime of passion or jealousy, this was a desire to annihilate … In my film Aida wants to be the master of her own destiny… But it is an illusion. We still live in world in which power, strength and endurance are actual values. Whether we face a virus, a wild river or a dominant opponent … Thanks to my academic career and spectacular technological advances we made an actual camera-stylo film. One in which limits were set by material and not ideological shortcomings… It seems that technological advances have liberated cinema as well… It is up to the audience to make this judgement.” (F. Lončarević)

Faruk Lončarević
Film and theatre director, Faruk Lončarević was born in1975 in Sarajevo. He’s a professor of Film History, Aesthetics and Analysis at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo since 2006.

filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2006 Mama i tata (Mum ‘n’ Dad); Premi / Awards: Sarajevo IFF – Premio della giuria / Jury Award 2013 Sa mamom (With Mom) 2020 Tako da ne ostane živa (So She Doesn’t Live)

Faruk Lončarević
Džidžikovac 15
Bosnia and Herzegovina


23 Jan 2021





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