Lovers, planning to get married, are separated by a bridge guarded by snipers. The snipers are bribed in preparation for the fateful crossing. The film is based on a true story from the war in the former Yugoslavia in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The story is based on an actual incident. However, much of the detail leading up to the tragedy is unknown, so the director resorted to using 'artistic license' to flesh out the story. Thus the film is a dramatic interpretation of actual events, rather than a strictly factual document.
THE BRIDGE is part of a trilogy of short, award-winning, political films that are connected through the theme of water. The stories are told visually with minimal use of dialogue. They are not silent films as music and other general sounds help to underline and expand the story.
Parts one and two, available on this site, are entitled THE STREAM (8 minutes) and THE LAKE (9 minutes).
This film won an ACS Gold Award for the cinematography in 1996.
Invited to Official Competition Program: 46th BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 1996
Format:: 35mm Anamorphic (aka CinemaScope)
Aspect ratio: 2.39 : 1
Negative: Kodak 5222 Double-X
Location: Rocca San Casciano, Italy
Year of Production: 1995