(Hristo Shopov as Momcilo Draganovic)
ORIGINAL TITLE: Resolution 819.
DIRECTED BY: Giacomo Battiato.
MAIN CAST: Benoît Magimel, Hristo Shopov, Hippolyte Girardot, Dimitrije Ilic, Karolina Gruska, Ryan James, Emina Muftic, Todd Kramer, Ken Duken and Nevena Rosuljas.
PRODUCED BY: Georges Campana.
WRITTEN BY: Thierry Jonquet and Giacomo Battiato.
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Ennio Morricone.
RUNTIME: 96 minutes.
COUNTRY: France - Italy - Poland.
GENRE: Drama | History.
A film based on a true story.
UN Resolution 819 guarantees the safety of the Muslim population in the gated community of Srebrenica (Bosnia). On 11th July 1995, Bosnian-Serb troops under General Ratko Mladic invade the protected area under the passive watch of the blue helmets of UN forces, and carry out an ethnic cleansing which in 4 days causes the exodus of thousands of Bosnian Muslims, many of them old people and children who dissapear. Among them is Amina who, dressed as a man to avoid rape, is forced to leave with her brother on a bus while their mother is helpless and in despair.
The International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague sends French volunteer Jacques Calvez to investigate their fate.
The ask becomes a nightmare for Jacques, when he hears there ports from the relatives of the dissapeared, in this place of war full of all kinds of adversities.
When Jacques reaches the Bosnian resistance, he discovers a hangar full of blood, and he starts to realise that those people haven’t in fact been deported,but murdered by the Serbian army.
Miraculously, Amina manages to escape from a bloodbath and upon reaching safe land is questioned by Jacques, pointing straight to high-ranking Serbian officer Momcilo Draganovic (Hristo Shopov) as the man responsible.
However, the investigator can’t prove the crimes without the bodies of the dissapeared, so he asks for help from the American Embassy. They provide aerial photographs of land which has recently been dug up. Jacques’ suspicion is now confirmed; there has been a massacre of an enormous scale and he has to prove it unequivocally in the The Hague Tribunal.
The exhumation of common graves, the search for civilian bodies - many of which have been mutated and then scattered, making the search much more difficult - and identification become the work that he has to carry out, together with a young Polish anthropologist, Klara Gorska, whose investigations will be relentless. But these open graves don’t contain all bodies that Jacques wants to report. Where are the rest of the bodies?
The key moment of the difficult investigation arrives when he has to narrow down the search so that he has those responsible. The evidence points in particular to Momcilo Draganovic, Mladic’s trusted man, intelligent and astute, with a long record of mugging and gun trafficking under Karadzic’s regime.
Momcilo, realizing the events have changed course and that Jacques’s research is putting him in grave danger, becomes Jacques’ bête noire. Momcilo will be persecuted by the International Criminal Court but also cornered by Mladic’s henchmen, who see him as a traitor after abandoning Bosnian-Serb forces.
If Jacques manages to arrest Momcilo and keep him in The Hague, he will have the last piece of the puzzle which will help him understand what happened in Srebrenica.
* NOTE: The film won the Marco Aurelio Golden Audience Award of the Rome International Film Festival (31st October 2008).