THE WHITE FORTRESS
Length: 88 minutes
Film Category: Feature Narrative
Cast & Credits
Director: Igor Drljaca
Screenplay: Igor Drljaca
Director of Photography: Erol Zubcevic
Main Editor: Ajla Odobasic
Producer: Amra Bakšić Čamo, Jordan Barker, Adis Djapo, Borga Dorter, Igor Drljača, Albert Shin
Music: Casey Manierka-Quaile
Jasmin Geljo, Alban Ukaj, Izudin Bajrović, Dragana Varagić, Ermin Bravo, Muhamed Hadzovic, Jelena Kordic, Pavle Cemerikic, Hasija Boric, Minela Jasar
In a rundown Sarajevo suburb, Faruk is an orphan who lives with his ill grandmother and spends his days foraging for scrap metal and dabbling in petty crime. One day he meets Mona, a timid teen from a politically powerful and affluent family. As Mona dreams of escaping the overbearing toxicity of her home life, she seeks refuge and opens herself up to Faruk, a boy from a world entirely different than her own.
Igor Drljaca runs the production company TimeLapse Pictures with director Albert Shin and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. His early films include the award-winning shorts Woman in Purple (2010), and The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (2011).
His debut feature Krivina (2012) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and had its international premiere at Rotterdam. His sophomore feature The Waiting Room (2015) premiered at Locarno International Film Festival, had its North American premiere at TIFF. His first feature documentary, The Stone Speakers (2018) had its world premiere at TIFF and its international premiere at Berlinale 2019 in the Forum section.
The Archivists (2020), a short sci-fi musical premiered at TIFF in 2020 and was also included in TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top 10 list. It was picked up by CBC for Canadian broadcasting.
His latest film, The White Fortress (Tabija, 2021), is the first official co-production between Canada and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The film had its world premiere at the 71st Berlinale as part of the Generation 14Plus competition. It was Bosnia-Herzegovina’s submission in the International Feature Film category to the 94th Academy Awards, and it also made TIFF’s year-end Canada’s Top 10 list in 2021.