Irina – The Scarlett Briefcase

Irina- La Malette Rouge

film-roll France / Color / 87' / 2013

1995. The Bosnian conflict is coming to an end but violence doesn’t stop between the two ethnic groups. The UN forces cannot prevent revenge, acts of cruelty and ferocities. Tracked by the militia, Irina and her father try to escape but when a sniper shoots her dad, Irina has to keep going on her own. She finds shelter in an isolated farm, home of a very religious Muslim Bosnian family, but she has a hard time getting accepted by them. While the conflict is calming down thanks to the UN and the Red Cross action, Irina takes part in the farm activities and becomes friend with the young Malik. But prejudice and resentment disturb the quiet family life and jeopardize the kids’ friendship. On a freezing night, as they attempt to escape through the Bosnian mountains scattered with land mines, they put their lives in great danger… 

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Bernard Mazauric

After he graduated from the University of Nice with a degree in Classic Literature, Bernard Mazauric worked on a serie of art films supervised by Roger Garaudy about: African Art, the work of Raymond Moretti and the work of Picasso. He was an assistant director on “Young wolves” by Marcel Carné, “Picasso Summer” by Serge Bourguignon, “Little Girl in a blue velvet” by Alan Bridges, “Scoumoune” by José Giovanni and “ComDads” by Francis Veber. He then worded on numerous films as a unit production manager and as a line producer. In 1984 he directed his first feature: Indian Chronicles shot in India. It was officially selected at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Perspectives du cinéma” section. It was also screened at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2013, his second feature “Irina” was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Ecrans Juniors” section.

Director
Bernard Mazauric
Screenplay
Bernard Mazauric
Cinematography
Jean-Claude Aumont
Editing
François Itey
Music
Manuel Msihid
Christophe Alvarez
Film Cast
Collin David Reese
Chrystelle Labaude
Anna Cottis
Patrick Dross
Patrick Albenque
Feature Fiction FilmIn Competition