Bosnian filmmaker Pjer Zalica makes his feature debut as a writer/director with the dark comedy Gori Vatra (Fuse). It's post-war peacetime during the late '90s in the Bosnian town of Tesanj and the townsfolk are busy preparing for a visit from President Bill Clinton. The town has become overrun with corruption due to the years of war, but they work together over a few days to pretend that everything looks fine from the outside. Crooked cop Mugdim (Izudin Bajrovic) and gangster Velija (Senad Basic) keep the town running with an organized crime scheme; Velija has to pretend that his brothel is really a cultural center. Meanwhile, the former police chief, Zaim (Bogdan Diklic), is thinking about kidnapping Clinton in order to get revenge for the probable death of his son during the war. Fuse won the Silver Leopard award at the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide
Country:Bosnia-Herzegovina / Austria / Turkey / France
Winner — Silver Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival
Set in the post-war era of peace in the late 1990s, Fuse depicts the Bosnian village of Tesanj as it prepares for a visit from President Bill Clinton. Muslim and Serbian townies grudgingly attempt to join forces to present a positive and unified image, despite the town’s state of disarray and post-war corruption.
A crooked cop and a gangster form a partnership, turning the local brothel into the town’s cultural epicenter, but efforts to cooperate quickly unravel as old resentments and ethnic distrust erupt. Amidst the escalating chaos, a grief-stricken and delusional police chief whose son died in the war plots revenge against Clinton.
Fuse is an acidly funny, and sometimes tender exploration of Muslim and Serb neighbors in Bosnia struggling to imagine a future together in the aftermath of a brutal war.
In August, 2006, Cinemondo host Peter Scarlet attended the Sarajevo International Film Festival. While there he sat down director Pjer Zalica to talk about Fuse, and how it represents the immediate post-war experience in Bosnia.
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