As if I am not Here

Starring Natasa Petrovic and Miraj Grbic, ‘As If I Am Not There’ is a hard hitting true story from the Balkan War of the 1990’s, based on Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic’s book of the same name.

Released in 2010, the film follows a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things.

Rounded up with the other women from the village and imprisoned in a warehouse in a remote region of Bosnia, she quickly learns the rules of camp life. But the day she is picked out to ‘entertain’ the soldiers, the real nightmare begins…

Edited here at Screen Scene by Nathan Nugent, ‘As If I Am Not There’ is an Irish/Macedonian/Swedish co-production filmed in the Serbo-Croatian language on location in Macedonia in late 2009.

Developed and produced by Irish producers James Flynn (Octagon Films) and Nathalie Lichtenthaeler (Wide Eye Films), the Irish creative team behind the project also includes Cinematographer Tim Fleming and Composer Brian Crosby.
Released across Ireland during March and April 2011, followed by a UK theatrical release in July, As If I Am Not There won three top Awards at the IFTA Ceremony that year – Best Film, Best Director and Best Script, and was nominated in a further five categories, including Best Editor for Nathan Nugent.

A few days after the IFTAs, it was nominated along with The King’s Speech and The Social Network, amongst others, in the category of “The Most Valuable Film of The Year” at the Cinema For Peace Galaat the 2011 Berlinale. Since then, As If I Am Not There has won awards at a number of high profile festivals throughout the world including prestigious U.S festivals for independent feature films.