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Quo Vadis, Aida?

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania

2021

1h 41m

Director Jasmila Žbanić

Starring Jasna Đuričić, Izudin Bajrović, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrović

Genre Drama, War

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Aida is a translator for the United Nations returning home to Bosnia at the height of the 1995 War with Serbia. She wants to help her family, who are among thousands looking for shelter at a UN camp. As the UN struggles to help the suffering people of the town of Srebrenica, Aida grows frustrated at the bureaucracy and confusion.

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RogerEbert.com by Brian Tallerico

Jasmila Zbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida? is a razor-sharp incrimination of failed foreign policies from around the world embedded in a deeply humanist and moving character study of the kind of person that these policies leave behind.
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CineVue by Christopher Machell

As a fictionalised account of what was once described as the worst European genocide in the post-war period, Quo Vadis, Aida? is wrenching and vital in its bitter grief. As a study of political and diplomatic inertia in the face of contemporary global human tragedies, it could not be more urgent.
80

Empire by David Parkinson

This study in chaos and calculation not only makes for harrowingly compelling viewing, but it also exposes the apathy of an international community that simply turned the other way.
100

Variety by Jessica Kiang

This is not historical revisionism, if anything, Quo Vadis, Aida? works to un-revise history, re-centering the victims’ plight as the eye of a storm of evils — not only the massacre itself, but the broader evils of institutional failure and international indifference.
100

Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

Quo Vadis, Aida? re-creates history in the present tense, with a gut-clutching immediacy that Žbanić makes bearable through sheer formal restraint.
80

The Observer (UK) by Mark Kermode

Like the unblinking closeup that concludes the deeply moving (and ultimately redemptive?) epilogue to Quo Vadis, Aida?, Žbanić’s powerful and personal film keeps its eyes wide open.

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