Private Project

My mother's Swedish heart

„My mother's Swedish heart” is a film story about the friendship and understanding of the two main characters, a mother named Derviša and a Swedish woman named Ingrid. In the summer of 1993, a group of Bosnian refugees fled to Sweden due to the war in Bosnia. Among them is a middle-aged married couple Derviša and Adem. The Swedish Red Cross places the refugees in the Migrant Pavilion. Derviša fits in well with the Swedish society, while her husband Adem just wants to return to Bosnia. They are occasionally visited by their son Samir, who came to Sweden with his family before them, while their second son Tarik remains in Bosnia, alive in the concentration camp, according to Derviša. In the refugee pavilion, the mother meets a Swedish woman, Ingrid, who lives there. She moved to the migrant pavilion because her husband was a migrant, but he was killed under unknown circumstances. Although there is a language barrier, Derviša, the mother, and Swedish woman Ingrid, become good friends who spend time together every day. The mother finds out that the Ingrid is ill. In the meantime, the war in Bosnia ends, and Derviša and Adem return to Bosnia. Adem dies, happy to be back home. Derviša receives a call to come and identify the victims of the war. She does not find anything that belongs to her son Tarik on the identification. She is happy about it and believes Tarik is alive. Derviša finds the "herb that cures everything" in her hometown and returns to Sweden to try and cure her friend Ingrid with this miraculous herb.

  • Adis Bakrač
  • Zilhad Ključanin
  • Almir Sahinovic
  • Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić
    Key Cast
  • Nermin Omić
    Key Cast
  • Armin Omerovic
    Key Cast
  • Irina Dobnik
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    700,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Country of Filming:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Language:
    Bosnian, Swedish
  • Shooting Format:
    Pro res 4:4:4
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Adis Bakrač


Adis Bakrač, Director

He was born on 1974 in Bihać (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He has graduated at Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Department of directing. After finishing Academy, he has worked on movie, theatre, television and radio directing.

In the period from 2009 to 2016, he was at the position of general director of public company “Film Centre Sarajevo” where he has started process of restauration and digitalisation of BiH movies which were damaged during the war period in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He represented “Film Centre Sarajevo” at 70th Venice Film Festival.

• „Short story about happiness“, a short feature film, 1998:
 Festival KINOTEKA BiH, Award for the best short feature film
• „The Abyss“, a documentary, 2000:
 Festival UNICA Roermond (the Netherlands), Award – Silver Medal
• „Play till the end“, a short feature film, 2003
• „The Abandoned“, a feature film, 2010:
 World premiere at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
 Award for debut film Festroia International Film Festival (Portugal)
 Award for directing by International Jury of Critics Pula Film Festival,
 Gold Arena for main male role, within section of small co-productions Pula Film Festival
 Award by Jury of Critics Cinema City Int. Film Fest. Novi Sad (Serbia)
 Award at Golden Charpatian Film Festival (Romania)
 Award for the best directing, SEE a Paris South - East Europ. Film Festival (France),...

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