My Beautiful Country - Die Brücke am Ibar

My Beautiful Country - Die Brücke am Ibar

Deutschland 2011/2012, Spielfilm


My Beautiful Country

A moving love story in a time of hatred: During the civil war in Kosovo, the young Serbian widow Danica falls in love with Ramiz, a Kosovo-Albanian soldier who, wounded in battle, seeks refuge in her home on the Serbian side of the River Ibar. Ramiz makes friends with Danica's children as well – but not with her spiteful and jealous neighbor...

Kosovo, 1999. As the civil war between Serbs and Albanians rages, hatred has replaced tolerance, and towns are brutally divided along ethnic lines. The young Serbian widow Danica lives with her two sons Vlado and Danilo in a predominantly Serbian community close to a small town which the River Ibar divides into an Albanian and a Serbian section.

The death of Danica's husband at the hands of the Albanians has left profound traces in the family. Little Danilo has not spoken a word since, and Vlado has become a hooky-playing loner who dreams of owning a bright blue bicycle. In order to be able to afford it, he dives into the Ibar every day to catch fish which the kiosk owner buys from him for a few coins.

In spite of the war, everyone in the community strives to lead normal lives. But one day, Danica returns from town to find a seriously injured Kosovo-Albanian soldier, Ramiz, in her house. Though aware that he is on the run from the Serbian militia, Danica takes Ramiz in and nurses him back to health, thus exposing herself and the children to danger.

Bombs are now falling every day, and a wrecked, burned-out tank destroyed by NATO bombs becomes the children's favorite playground. No one suspects that the bombs have radioactively contaminated the wreck.

The love slowly blossoming between Danica and Ramiz comes to an abrupt end when Ramiz is denounced by Danica's neighbor and has to flee to the Albanian side. The mute Danilo also unwittingly ends up there. Although the bridge over the Ibar has been closed, Danilo's older brother Vlado manages to contact Ramiz, who finds the little boy and vows to bring him back to Danica...

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All Credits

Director:Michaela Kezele
Screenplay:Michaela Kezele
Translation:Patty Barth
Director of photography:Felix Novo de Oliveira
Assistant camera:Jan Lehmann
Production design:Goran Joksimović
Make-up artist:Marina Petrović
Costume design:Ljiljana Petrović
Editing:André Bendocchi-Alves
Sound:Nenad Vukdinović
Music:Gerd Baumann, Gregor Hübner
Zrinka CvitešićDanica
Mišel MatičevićRamiz
Andrija NikčevićVlado
Miloš MesarovićDanilo
Danica RistovskiJelena
Slavko ŠtimacKioskbesitzer
Miloš TimotijevićIgor
Ana MarkovićMilena
Velimir 'Bata' Živojinović
Production company:sperl productions GmbH (Grünwald)
in co-production with:Telepool GmbH (München), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München), Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (Baden-Baden)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Commissioned by:ARD Degeto Film (Frankfurt am Main)
Producer:Dr. Gabriela Sperl
Co-Producer:Damir Teresek, Piroska Tolnai-Varga
Producer (TV):Hubert von Spreti (BR), Bettina Reitz (ARD/Degeto), Hans Wolfgang Jurgan (ARD/Degeto), Jochen Kölsch (BR/arte), Monika Lobkowicz (BR/arte), Andreas Schreitmüller (arte), Ulli Herrmann (SWR)
Executive producer:Miroslav Mogorović
Producer:Sophie von Uslar
Line producer:Ralf Krawanja
Production coordinator:Judith Erber
Post-production:Claudia Lehmann
Shoot:23.07.2011-06.09.2011: Belgrad und Umgebung
Original distributor:Movienet Film GmbH (München)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Stiftung Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hrvatski audiovizualni centar (Zagreb), Serbia Film Commission (Belgrad)
Length:91 min
Format:HD, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.12.2012, 136384, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 03.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 12.12.2013


Originaltitel (DE) My Beautiful Country - Die Brücke am Ibar
Weiterer Titel (DE) Brothers
Weiterer Titel (DE) Die Brücke am Ibar



Length:91 min
Format:HD, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.12.2012, 136384, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 03.07.2012, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 12.12.2013


Bayerischer Filmpreis 2013
Beste Nachwuchsregie
Filmfestival Türkei/ Deutschland 2013
Filmfestival Pula, Kroatien 2013
Young Cinephiles Award
Favourites Film Festival Berlin 2013
Publikumspreis, Bester Film
Filmfestival Türkei/Deutschland 2013
Bester Film
Stony Brook Film Festival New York 2013
FBW 2012
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2012
Filmfest München 2012
Lobende Erwähnung
Bernhard Wicki Friedenspreis 2012
Regie Nachwuchspreis
Beste Hauptdarstellerin
Arras Film Festival, Frankreich 2012