The other Luna, a delicate love story in Sarajevo in cinema

When love goes beyond prejudices and abuse: here’s the movie “The other moon“, In cinemas from June 16, distributed by Hurricane and Stemo Production, directed by Carlo Chiaramonte, and starring Luna Mijović, Tania Bambaci, Matteo Silvestri, Armin Omerović and Maja Jurić.
Shot between Rome and Sarajevothe film is produced by Stemo Production in association with Xenon Servizi and Seven Dreams, in collaboration with Rai Cinema, scripted by the director with Carla Scicchitano, Elma Tataragić and Asja Krsmanović and uses the photography direction of Beppe Gallo, of the sets. by Marco Dentici, original music by Antonino and Luca Chiaramonte and editing by Annnisa Schillaci (recently winner of the David di Donatello).

Frame from the movie “The Other Moon”

The other moon, the plot of the movie

It is the story of a love between two girls but also a focus on the view of homosexuality in the territories under Bosnia-Herzegovina: an unacceptable condition, in a country still far from the Western view of the issue and capable of provoking serious violence against the person. homosexuals to expel him from the community of the city or the Bosnian state.
The protagonists are moon (actress Luna Zimic Mijovic) e Martina (with the face of Tania Bambaci): for both is the first lesbian experience. A relationship that, however, experiences double hurdles, not only linked to the Bosnian context but also to the life of the Moon itself. Indeed, Luna is a girl from Sarajevo, in her final year of studies at the University of Sarajevo, about to to get married with her longtime boyfriend, Haris, a young man from a powerful family who works in his father’s company, the country’s most important business lawyer. Luna’s father, Saša, is a prominent surgeon of Serbian descent, while his mother, Amela, comes from a Muslim family but does not practice. Luna has a younger brother, Nermin, a troubled, racist, xenophobic teenager. Nermin is in strong conflict with his parents and attends a notorious circle of street thugs, involved in assaults on gypsies and homeless people.
In this situation, Luna meets the young Italian Martina, who arrived in Bosnia at a time of personal crisis because she was oppressed by a seems insistent, uncertain about her professional future and with stormy romantic relationships behind her. Precisely in Bosnia, the Italian girl has an ambiguous relationship with Matteo, the current boyfriend of La Maja who is Luna’s best friend.
Luna and Martina meet for dinner at Matteo and they immediately feel intrigued and attracted to each other. Although Luna’s life seems to flow normally, Martina’s closeness doesn’t shake her much. Little by little the Moon begins to notice a change in his relationship with Haris: it is as if they are no longer at the same wavelength and he is no longer able to really understand her. This is how the two girls start dating regularly and, as their friendship deepens, they isolate themselves from the surrounding world to spend more and more time together. Matteo, worried, confronts Martina harshly, but she is not intimidated and settles in the uninhabited house that her grandmother came to Luna. Here the two girls they make love for the first time.
Thus was born one of them tender relationship and attractive that the two girls, aware of the context, keep secret. But when their relationship is discovered, Luna’s family reacts harshly and is not at all prepared to accept her daughter’s homosexuality. So while Luna still doesn’t know she’s been discovered and is still leading her double life, Haris along with Nermin and her thug friends prepares her plan to push Martina back to Italy: Nermin and Esad leave to “give a lesson” in Italian but the situation is getting out of hand. The bond between Luna and Martina is stronger than any adversity, and the two girls decide to continue living their love finally in the sunlight, away from Sarajevo.

An image of the film "The other moon"
Frame from the movie “The Other Moon”

“The first idea for the theme of ‘The Other Moon’ came to my mind in May 2011, during one of my many trips to Sarajevo. My personal relationship with him capital of Bosnia it’s strong, deep, and long-standing: my first time in the city was in March 1996, just a few months after the war ended. At that time, in parallel with my professional activity in the film sector, I also participated Volunteering with an Italian NGO present in Bosnia with its humanitarian aid activities, ”says the director Carlo Chiaramonteborn in L’Aquila in 1965. Since then, the filmmaker has returned numerous times to Sarajevo where he also shot the documentary “The Center of the World”, an affectionate portrait of the city of Sarajevo, inspired by a book by Bosnian. the writer and playwright Dževad Karahasan.

Returning to the love told by “The Other Moon”, Chiaramonte recalls that “before leaving for Sarajevo he had had a long conversation with a young friend who was going through a kind of family tragedy because her parents, hitherto unaware of their homosexuality, had just discovered their lesbian relationship with a girl. So while in Sarajevo I was walking down the main pedestrian street of the center always full of boys walking, the vision for me now usual, but always fascinating, of a couple of young friends walking arm in arm, a veil according to Islamic tradition. and the other dressed in ‘western’ in an even provocative way, shocked me in a whole new way: my friend’s story in Rome was short-circuited with the image of the two girls from Sarajevo and me I found myself wondering how it was. Islamic girl he might have reacted to his best friend’s discovery of a homosexual relationship with a foreign girl. The initial dramatic signal of “The Other Moon” is fully contained in the relationship between this image and this question. “

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