Archive of films A Siege / Ostrom

2018, 23 min

Section: Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema
Year: 2019

Sarajevo, 1994. A city ruined by war. Most homes are without electricity, and the water mains dried up long ago. Widow Tea wants to wash her hair, but she loses her carefully guarded reserve of water. In an attempt at replacing the loss, she sets out on a journey that could cost her her life. A moving drama about trying to maintain a semblance of dignity amidst the madness of war.


The city has been ruined by an ongoing war: most homes have no electricity and the water dried up long ago. One morning, recently-widowed Tea decides to wash her hair, but she discovers that the last of her water stash is gone. Seeking to replace the loss, she sets out on a perilous journey into a dog-eat-dog world of limited basic resources: nobody’s interested in cooperating and a sniper’s bullet could come from anywhere. This is no post-apocalyptic drama from the future, it’s war-ravaged Sarajevo and the horrifying story is recent history.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

István Kovács (b. 1984, Yugoslavia). Filmography: Easy Money (Csúszópénz, 2014, short), Foreign Land (Idegen föld, 2014, short), The Sound of Concrete (Betonzaj, 2015, short), The Grey War (Szürke senkik, 2016, TV), The Revolt of Women (Asszonyok lázadása, 2017, doc.), A Siege (Ostrom, 2018)


Hungarian National Film Fund
Róna utca 174., 1145, Budapest
Tel: +36 146 113 01, +36 146 113 20

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema
Director: István Kovács
Screenplay: Kálmán Gasztonyi
Dir. of Photography: Zoltán Dévényi
Editor: Péter Duszka
Art Director: László Rajk
Producer: Mónika Mécs, Nóra Alföldi, Tamás Hutlassa, Barna Hutlassa, Gábor Osváth
Production: SZFE University of Theatre and Film Arts
Coproduction: Inforg M&M, Fim Force Team, Filmfabriq
Cast: Vedrana Božinović, Mirela Lambić, Nenad Pećinar, Radoje Čupić, Zsolt Trill
Contact: Hungarian National Film Fund


István Kovács

Film Director

Zoltán Dévényi

Director of Photography


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