Learn to Cry
Warsaw. Dalia, Nadim, and five-month-old Jasmine are Syrians. They await a call from Robert – he promised to get them a gun. The transaction is made: now they have a gun. They drive to a bakery. They have to wait longer than expected to add their daughter’s name to the birthday cake.
We discover that Jasmine is actually Sara’s child, a friend from the Refugee Centre. Their own daughter Rima died during illegal transport, caught between two gangs of smugglers and human traffickers. She would be one today. They want to celebrate her birthday – with Jasmine instead of Rima. Then they’ll return Jasmine to Sara and kill themselves. They want to die as Rima did – from a gunshot.
An incident with hooligans leads to Dalia and Nadim becoming terrorist suspects. The police are after them but they decide not to give themselves up. They will kill themselves, as planned. But the police are already in the Refugee Centre and so they can’t return Jasmine to her mother. During a failed attempt to leave the baby in a hospital, Dalia, whose daughter died in her arms, suffers a panic attack and faints after thinking something bad could happen to Jasmine. Nadim is interrogated by hospital security. He manages to talk his way out of it.
After this, Nadim has a change of heart. He wants to surrender. Dalia refuses. They made a promise – to die as Rima had died. ONLY THEN CAN RIMA FORGIVE THEM. But what about Jasmine? Dalia wants to use the gun to force Robert to take the baby back to her mother, while she and Nadim keep his family hostage. It’s the only way Dalia can be sure of Jasmine’s safe return. Unable to dissuade Dalia from this mad intent, Nadim concedes.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Born in Bosnia, Denijal Hasanović is a film director and screenwriter. He left his home country due to the war, eventually traveling to Poland where he lives since then. He completed an MA in film directing from the Polish National Film School in Lodz. His graduation film ‘LIST’ aka ‘THE LETTER’, had its premiere at the 52nd Berlinale and was awarded the CIVISEUROPE award in Brussels for Best European Fiction. ‘The Letter’ won numerous awards both at home and abroad. It has been sold worldwide. His debut feature film ‘CATALINA’ was screened in competition sections at 33rd Warsaw IFF and 22nd Sofia IFF. At Eurocine 2018 in Colombia ‘Catalina’ was awarded Premio Pelicula de Verdad for Best Film.
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