Original Title: Aždaja
Language: No Dialogue
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Film Category: Feature Narrative Short
Cast & Credits
Director: Ivan Ramadan
Screenwriter: Ivan Ramadan
Producer: Adnan Ćuhara
Editor: Ivan Ramadan
Director of Photography: Erol Zubčević
Sound Designer: Damir Imamović
Cast: Amar Zubčević, Soraja Ćehić
Produced by: Prime Time
Director Ivan Ramadan's third animated short makes innovative use of CGI to illustrate the legends of Bosnia through the journey of a dragon from ancient times through the fall of the Bosnian Kingdom. The film was inspired by various Bosnian myths, including the legend of the dragon Aždaja, whose rest in the canyons of Bosnia was ended by a raucous party in a nearby town, and mysterious carvings found on the sides of large tombstones in the mountains of Bosnia. The Dragon delves into the transformative nature of myth and how it distorts history, as well as the ways in which legends both gain and lose power over time as new systems of belief replace older ones.
Ivan Ramadan was born in 1985. He graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo and has been doing 3D animation since childhood. His first film "Tolerantia" (2008) became successful in Bosnia and around the world. It is the first 3D animated film produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film was awarded with seven awards including the nomination for the best short film by the European Film Academy (EFA) 2008. In the following years Ramadan made three more short animated films winning a total of 15 awards and with over 70 festival screenings. His latest film, "The Dragon" combines live action, CG and animation.
Screens with: "Death In Sarajevo"
April 15, 2017 | 6:00 PM
BHFF Jury Award for the Best Short Narrative Film
BHFF Audience Award for the Best Picture
Distribution Company: Prime Time