TOTALLY PERSONAL

TOTALLY PERSONAL

Original Title: Sasvim licno

Synopsis

Strikingly original, TOTALLY PERSONAL is a heart-warmingly funny documentary – feature about 47-year-old film-maker Nedzad Begovic´s memories and reflections on life growing up and living in Bosnia.

A deeply moving historical document, the film includes touching personal stories of his family´s survival during the war: how Begovic´s mother would cut the toes off old shoes and burn them for fuel, (she knew that a size 38 shoe was big enough to provide fuel to bake o loaf of bread but that a size was needed to heat a pot of beans), and how the only source of Vitamin C for his children during the war came from the pear tree in their garden.

Despite the tragedy that has befallen their country, Begovic tells his story with an uplifting and wry sense of humour. Narrating the story himself, he shares his memories through a series of loosely-connected vignettes – from having the first television on the block, to how he perceived as a successful young communist when Bosnia was part of Tito´s Yugoslavia, through to adult childhood, marriage, and struggling to make the film without money in today´s post-war period.

Begovic also shares his unconventional childhood theories on life – such as believing that the size of your index finger is in direct proportion to the width of your nostrils or again that the pairs of women´s legs look like upside-down milk bottles! This is stream of consciousness storytelling at its very best.

‘With this film, like Andrei Rublev by Tarkovsky, I want to make my bell.’ Nedzad Begovic

Technical Information

2005; Bosnia and Herzegovi; Documentary, Biography; 78 minutes; TV-Version: 52 minutes; HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; Original Language: Bosnian; Subtitles: English, German; Dubbed Versions: English, German

DIRECTOR

Nedzad Begovic

WRITER

Nedzad Begovic

D.O.P.

Nedzad Begovic

MUSIC

Enes Zlatar

PRODUCER

Ismet Nuno Arnautalic

PRODUCTION:

SaGa Production

Nedzad Begovic

Nedzad Begovic

Sabrina Begovic

Sabrina Begovic

Naida Begovic

Naida Begovic

Amina Begovic

Amina Begovic

Hasiba Begovic

Hasiba Begovic

Sulejman Begovic

Sulejman Begovic

NEDZAD BEGOVIC

During Nedzad Begovic´s career as a director and writer, his films have been presented in more than 250 cities worldwide. He has worked in animation, documentaries and television and has won numerous awards including the ‘Best Short Film’ in Belgrade (1991), ‘Best Cartoon’ in Belgrade (1985), and has received several special jury recognition awards from international festivals including Belgrade (1987), Stuttgart (1986), Tampere (1986) and Krakow (1985). In 1989, the Ministry of Culuture for Bosnia and Herzegovina awarded him the title of Independent Artist. TOTALLY PERSONAL is his feature-film debut as a director.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2011 A Cell Phone Movie

2010 Jasmina

2006 Esmas Geheimnis – Grbavica

2006 Nafaka

2003 Viza za buducnost: Novogodisnji special

 

TV Series

2005 Sex i selo

2004 Crna hronika

 

Short

2011 Akumulator

2012

THIS HUMAN WORLD FF

Nov 29 – Dec 09

2007

 

BUCHAREST FILMFESTIVAL

Best Documentary Film

Aug 08

2006

BALKAN BLACK BOX FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 17 – 25

FILM FESTIVAL MANNHEIM-HEIDELBERG

Nov 16 – 25

 

JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Best World Documentary Film

Oct 31

JIHLAVA INT. DOC. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 24 – 29

HAIFA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 07 – 14

GÖTEBORG INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 27 – Feb 06

TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL – ALPE ADRIA

Jan 19 – 26

PALM SPRINGS INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 05 – 16

2005

INT. DOC. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 24 – Dec 04

LJUBLJANA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 10 – 24

BALKANARTS

Sep 10 – 20

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