Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian film ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ makes Oscars 2021 shortlist

Quo Vadis, Aida?” was the film Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted for the 93rd Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film. It was one of the 15 shortlisted international feature films announced on February 9, 2021.

A war drama film, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is about how United Nations translator Aida Selmanagić tried to save her family after the Army of Republika Srpska takes over the city of Srebrenica before the ensuing Srebrenica massacre. The story takes place on July 11, 1995.

Written and directed by Jasmila Žbanić, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is 102 minutes long. Here is the list of its cast members:

  1. Jasna Đuričić
  2. Izudin Bajrović
  3. Boris Isaković
  4. Johan Heldenbergh
  5. Raymond Thiry
  6. Boris Ler
  7. Dino Bajrović
  8. Emir Hadžihafizbegović
  9. Edita Malovčić
  10. Minka Muftić 
  11. Teun Luijkx
  12. Joes Brauers 
  13. Reinout Bussemaker 
  14. Ermin Bravo
  15. Sol Vinken 
  16. Micha Hulshof 
  17. Juda Goslinga 
  18. Ermin Sijamija
  19. Alban Ukaj


Including “Quo Vadis, Aida?,” 97 films were submitted for the 2021 Oscar Award for Best International Feature Film but only 93 films were accepted. Three countries submitted a film for the first time namely Lesotho, Sudan and Suriname, whose respective entries were “This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection,” “You Will Die at Twenty” and “Wiren.”

After 21 years of not submitting, Bhutan sent “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” but it did not appear on the final list. “Héliopolis” of Algeria also did not make it to the final list while “Persian Lessons” of Belarus and “2000 Songs of Farida” of Uzbekistan were disqualified.

Majority of individuals involved in making “Persian Lessons” are not from Belarus while “2000 Songs of Farida” was not submitted by the deadline of December 1, 2020. Here is the complete list of the 15 shortlisted films:




Bosnia and Herzegovina Quo Vadis, Aida? Jasmila Žbanić Jasmila Žbanić Bosnian, English, Croatian, Serbian, Dutch
Chile The Mole Agent” (El agente topo) Maite Alberdi Maite Alberdi Spanish
Côte d’Ivoire Night of the Kings” (La Nuit des rois) Philippe Lacôte Philippe Lacôte Dyula, French
Czech Republic Charlatan(Šarlatán) Agnieszka Holland Marek Epstein Czech
Denmark Another Round” (Druk) Thomas Vinterberg Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm Danish
France Two of Us” (Deux) Filippo Meneghetti Filippo Meneghetti, Malysone Bovorasmy French, German
Guatemala La Llorona Jayro Bustamante Jayro Bustamante, Lisandro Sanchez Spanish, Mayan-Caqchickel, Mayan-Ixil
Hong Kong Better Days” (少年的你) Derek Tsang Lam Wing Sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yimeng Mandarin Chinese
Iran Sun Children” (خورشید) Majid Majidi Majid Majidi, Nima Javidi Persian
Mexico I’m No Longer Here” (Ya no estoy aquí) Fernando Frias de la Parra Fernando Frias de la Parra Spanish
Norway Hope” (Håp) Maria Sødahl Maria Sødahl Norwegian, Swedish
Romania Collective” (Colectiv) Alexander Nanau Alexander Nanau, Antoaneta Opriș Romanian
Russia Dear Comrades!” (Дорогие товарищи!) Andrey Konchalovskiy Andrey Konchalovskiy, Elena Kiseleva Russian
Taiwan A Sun” (陽光普照) Chung Mong-hong Chung Mong-hong, Chang Yao-sheng Mandarin Chinese
Tunisia The Man Who Sold His Skin” (L’Homme qui a vendu sa peau) Kaouther Ben Hania Kaouther Ben Hania Arabic, English, French


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