Welcome to Sarajevo


1h 40m 1997

Brief Synopsis

Based in the true saga of British TV journalist Michael Nicholson, story follows Michael Henderson and his news team to war-torn Sarajevo. It's 1992 and the city has just seen its worst fighting as Bosnian Serbs try to derail the country's new independence with artillery bombardment. While there, Henderson encounters Flynn, a US TV journalist more famous than the news he's covering, and Annie, a freelance writer covering her first war. Henderson and company eventually come across an orphanage near the front lines and are so compelled by the scene that they choose to make it front page news. Henderson's involvement is so deep that he makes plans to take one of the children, Emira, back to England, illegally, with the help of an American aid worker. However, he must eventually return to Sarajevo to face the consequences of his actions.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Historical
War
Biography
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Cineimage; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Frameline Ltd; MIRAMAX; Mcdonald & Rutter; Vardar Films
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Buena Vista International; Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; MIRAMAX; MIRAMAX; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Orange Sky Golden Harvest; Sam Film; Videocine; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Macedonia; Split, Croatia; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

Based in the true saga of British TV journalist Michael Nicholson, story follows Michael Henderson and his news team to war-torn Sarajevo. It's 1992 and the city has just seen its worst fighting as Bosnian Serbs try to derail the country's new independence with artillery bombardment. While there, Henderson encounters Flynn, a US TV journalist more famous than the news he's covering, and Annie, a freelance writer covering her first war. Henderson and company eventually come across an orphanage near the front lines and are so compelled by the scene that they choose to make it front page news. Henderson's involvement is so deep that he makes plans to take one of the children, Emira, back to England, illegally, with the help of an American aid worker. However, he must eventually return to Sarajevo to face the consequences of his actions.

Crew

Damon Albarn

Song ("Mor")

Cate Arbeid

Production Coordinator

Ismet Arnautalic

Producer (Saga - Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Geoff Austin

Production Manager (United Kingdom)

Peter Baldock

Supervising Sound Editor

Kerry Barden

Casting (Usa)

Hilary Benson

Production Coordinator

Rohan Berry

Assistant Director

Sanya Bosak

Researcher

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Screenwriter

Richard Bramford

Location Manager (Overseas)

Richard Bramford

Assistant Director

Graham Broadbent

Producer

Ian Brown

Song ("I Wanna Be Adored")

Petar Buntic

Assistant Director (Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Pero Buric

Casting (Bosnia/Herzegovina)

Filip Cemerski

Assistant Director (Macedonia)

Guy Chadwick

Song ("Shine On")

Simon Coaton

Mines Consultant (Sarajevo)

Paul Conway

Dialogue Editor

Graham Coxon

Song ("Mor")

Irina Damic

Casting (Croatia)

Paul Davis

Song ("Donovan (Live Version)")

Mark Day

Song ("Donovan (Live Version)")

Boban Dedaic

Assistant Director (Bosnia)

R Del Naja

Song ("Wire")

Gillian Dodders

Foley Editor

William Dutton

Assistant Director

Jadran Film

Production Services (Zagreb--Croatia)

Mark Geraghty

Production Designer

Gorgi Gorgievski

Location Manager (Macedonia)

Emily Grant

Production Office Runner (United Kingdom)

Boris Gregoric

Jadran Production Manager (Bosnia/Herzigovina/Croatia)

Sean Cameron Guest

Assistant Director (Sarajevo)

A Hafizoric

Song ("Napisi Jednu Ljubavnu")

John Hayward

Re-Recording Mixer

H Hegedusic

Song ("Sanjam")

Mildred Hill

Song ("Happy Birthday")

Patty Hill

Song ("Happy Birthday")

Daf Hobson

Director Of Photography

Billy Hopkins

Casting (Usa)

Kemal Hrustanovic

Art Director (Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Ahmed Imamovic

Assistant Director (Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Nick Ingman

Orchestra Conductor (The London Chamber Orchestra)

Simone Ireland

Casting

Mick Jagger

Song ("Waiting On A Friend")

Remo Jaizotti

Music ("Adagio In G Minor For Strings & Organs")

Alex James

Song ("Mor")

Stephan Jay

Song ("Wire")

Dado Jehan

Singer (The London Chamber Orchestra)

Adrian Johnston

Music

Damian Jones

Producer

Elmir Jukic

Assistant Director (Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Srba Kabadaic

Other

S Kalogjera

Song ("Napisi Jednu Ljubavnu")

Drago Klincic

Cashier (Overseas)

Donovan Leitch

Song ("Donovan (Live Version)")

Susanna Lenton

Script Supervisor

Jacques Leroide

Foley Editor

Steve Lindsey

Music Supervisor

S Losic

Song ("Kaja" "Goodbye Tears")

Tomislav Lukicic

Assistant Director

Laura Madden

Miramax Executive

Bob Marley

Song ("So Much Trouble In The World")

G Marshall

Song ("Wire")

Bobby Mcferrin

Song Performer ("Don'T Worry Be Happy")

Bobby Mcferrin

Song

Vincent Mcgahon

Steadicam Operator

Raymond Mcginley

Song ("It'S A Bad World")

Samir Mehic

Other

David Minty

Art Director (United Kingdom)

Mile Mlandenovic

Art Director (Macedonia)

K Montano

Song ("Napisi Jednu Ljubavnu")

Kemal Monteno

Song Performer ("Napisi Jednu Ljubavnu")

Sally Morgan

Production Manager

Van Morrison

Song

Van Morrison

Other

Beryl Mortimer

Foley Artist

Michael Nicholson

Book As Source Material ("Natasha'S Story")

Michael Nicholson

Consultant

D Nidovic

Song ("U Lijepom Starom Visegradu")

Anne Oldham

Make-Up/Hair Designer

Predrag Vojnovic Pajo

Location Manager (Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Viktorja Peceva

Other

Vanessa Pereira

Casting

Himzo Polovina

Song Performer ("U Lijepom Starom Visegradu")

A Portoljatar

Song ("Sanjam")

Mick Ratman

Location Manager (United Kingdom)

F Redic

Song ("Sanjam")

Keith Richard

Song ("Waiting On A Friend")

Dave Rowntree

Song

Paul Ryder

Song ("Donovan (Live Version)")

Shaun Ryder

Song ("Donovan (Live Version)")

Edin Sarkic

Location Manager (Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Paul Sarony

Line Producer

M Schwartz

Song ("Wire")

Phil F Sloan

Song ("Eve Of Destruction")

Suzanne Smith

Casting (Usa)

Mary Soan

Assistant Director

John Squire

Song ("I Wanna Be Adored")

Branislav Srdic

Production Manager (Macedonia)

Jack Stew

Foley Artist

Ivo Sunjic

Associate Producer (Saga - Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia)

Alejandro Sutherland

Unit Manager

Kevin Tayler

Foley Mixer

Martin Trevis

Sound Mixer

Amanda Trewin

Wardrobe Supervisor

Sanya Vejnovic

Casting (Croatia)

Tim Vine

Foley Editor

Alessandro Volpe

Makeup Artist/Prosthetics

A Vowles

Song ("Wire")

Trevor Waite

Editor

Christopher Warren-green

Music Director (The London Chamber Orchestra)

Gary Whelan

Song ("Donovan (Live Version)")

Alan Whibley

Special Effects Supervisor

James Wilkinson

Assistant Director (Sarajevo)

Celia Willett

Assistant Director (Sarajevo)

Jonathan Williams

Solo Cello (The London Chamber Orchestra)

Aad Wirtz

Re-Recording Mixer

Rod Woodruff

Stunt Coordinator

Janty Yates

Costume Designer

Nina Zeckovic

Other

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Historical
War
Biography
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Cineimage; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Frameline Ltd; MIRAMAX; Mcdonald & Rutter; Vardar Films
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Buena Vista International; Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; MIRAMAX; MIRAMAX; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Orange Sky Golden Harvest; Sam Film; Videocine; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Macedonia; Split, Croatia; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 29 - September 1, 1997.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.)

Released in United States on Video June 23, 1998

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States September 1997

Released in United States October 1997

Released in United States November 1997

Released in United States 1999

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.

Shown at Sarajevo Film Festival (Closing Night) September 2-10, 1997.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.

Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 2-12, 1997.

Shown at Birmingham International Film & Television Festival in the United Kingdom November 19-30, 1997.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Emerging Masters) May 13 - June 6, 1999.

Began shooting June 16, 1996.

Completed shooting August 20, 1996.

Released in United States Fall November 26, 1997

Released in United States on Video June 23, 1998

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Special Presentation) October 23-November 1, 1997.)

Released in United States September 1997 (Shown at Sarajevo Film Festival (Closing Night) September 2-10, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 2-12, 1997.)

Released in United States November 1997 (Shown at Birmingham International Film & Television Festival in the United Kingdom November 19-30, 1997.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Emerging Masters) May 13 - June 6, 1999.)

Released in United States Fall November 26, 1997