An Australian tourist discovers the silent legacy of wartime atrocities when she arrives in a seemingly idyllic little town on the border of Bosnia and Serbia. From Jasmila Zbanic, director of the Golden Bear winner Grbavica.

Special Presentations

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

Jasmila Zbanic

Jasmila Zbanic's For Those Who Can Tell No Tales is a meditative tribute to the endangered memory of the Visegrad massacre, in which up to 3,000 people were murdered during the Bosnian War. It confronts the viewer with the massacre's true scope — and its continued denial by the writers of history.

On a summer holiday through Bosnia- Herzegovina, Kym is the picture of an average tourist: visiting the sites and souvenir shops promoted in her guidebooks, keeping a video diary. Yet her stay at a hotel in Visegrad inexplicably gives way to anxiety and sleepless nights. Upon returning home to Australia, she finds out that the Vilina Vlas hotel was used as a rape camp during the war. Evocations of the region's atrocities begin to haunt her, as does the question of why the guidebook, or the town itself, made no mention of the event. The spectre of trauma is finally so insistent that she is compelled to return to Visegrad and investigate this hidden history for herself.

Kym is portrayed here by performance artist Kym Vercoe, on whose own story the film is based. Valiantly revisiting her own experiences, Vercoe delivers a performance of unshakable veracity and immediacy, while Zbanic carefully structures the film like a puzzle, subtly piecing together the progression of Kym's personal investment in the atrocities and revealing the willful amnesia that surrounds Visegrad. Zbanic's camera glides over the town's topography as though searching for the dormant memories that lie within. Part drama, part essay film, For Those Who Can Tell No Tales is an important work of cinema as well as a history document, making us living witness to its troubling revelations.

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Screenings

Sat Sep 07

Scotiabank 2

Regular
7:30pm
Sun Sep 08

Scotiabank 5

Industry
11:45am
Mon Sep 09

Scotiabank 8

Regular
9:45pm
Thu Sep 12

Scotiabank 10

Industry
11:15am
Sat Sep 14

Scotiabank 11

Regular
11:45am