Director: DANIS TANOVIC
75 minutes, Bosnia and Herzegovina-France-Slovenia-Italy, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema
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Nazif is the iron picker of the title, a member of the Roma community in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has two young daughters and his wife, Senada, is expecting a third child, so he works hard trying to make ends meet dealing with discarded scrap metal. When Senada falls ill, she is denied the vital treatment she needs because she does not have the state-provided health insurance card the hospital insists on. Nazif is left in a desperate situation, trying everything he can think of to save his wife’s life.
By reconstructing real-life events with the people involved in them, Danis Tanović’s vérité work interrogates how callously a society is capable of treating the most deprived members of it, in a country just 15 years on from the war that was the subject of No Man’s Land, the director’s most celebrated work. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
★★★★ The Guardian
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