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Vanja / Bosnia-Herzegovina

Aleksandra Odi─ç

Aleksandra Odić is a Berlin-based filmmaker.

Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as a child, she moved to Germany due to the war.

Her work as an actress was followed by studies of Film Direction at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Her mid-length film KINESKI ZID (GREAT WALL OF CHINA) premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2017 and at the Berlinale 2018 and won several awards. Her new short film FRIDA premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2021 in the section Cinéfondation and won the Queer Palm Award for a short film 2021 and the LIGHTS ON WOMEN Award.


Vanja, a photographer who fled to Germany from Bosnia as a child, visits her ill father in the old homeland after many years. The midsummer atmosphere with her old friends at the river brings up old feelings in a new light. Does she have to pull her childhood sweetheart Ogi out of the mess? And who is actually her father? Vanja has to find herself in her divided life. The German and the Bosnian.


I myself belong to VANJA\’s generation and also emigrated from Bosnia to Germany due to the war. Identity has to reassemble and assert itself. With this film I want to open a cross-border dialogue of my generation.

Producer: Julia Peters (JIP FILM UND VERLEIH, Germany)
Country: Germany
Planned shooting: Summer 2022 in Germany and Bosnia

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