Take Me Somewhere Nice
Original title:
Take Me Somewhere Nice
Slovenian title:
Odpelji me na lepše
Country, year:
Bosnia-Herzegovina , Netherlands, 2019
Directed by:
Ena Sendijarević
Ena Sendijarević
Emo Weemhoff
Ella van der Woude
English, slovenian
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Sara Luna Zorić (Alma), Lazar Dragojević (Denis), Ernad Prnjavorac (Emir), Sanja Burić (mama), Jasna Đuričić (Jovana)
Rotterdam 2019 (Tiger Award - Special Mention), Sarajevo 2019 (Heart of Sarajevo)

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A playful road movie and homecoming story, Take Me Somewhere Nice zeroes in on a Bosnian-born and Dutch-raised girl who confronts the dilemma of her ethnic identity and embarks on an unforgettable adventure in the process.
On the edge of adulthood, Alma leaves her mother's home in the Netherlands and travels to her native Bosnia to visit the father she's never met. But from the start nothing goes as planned. Her cousin Emir gives her a frosty reception and mocks her easy life in the West. At the same time, undeniable sexual chemistry leads Alma into a passionate relationship with Emir's best friend, the troublemaker Denis. As the obstacles mount, Alma stays fearlessly determined to follow her plan and find her father. She just has to figure herself out first.
"I wanted to use humour and estrangement techniques to show the viewer that the world that I'm building is constructed. When you look at the film, you don't see a social realistic world. In these times, where everyone can get a camera and film, it's more and more important for the filmmaker to construct a world. This is how the viewer can take distance and reflect on the real world and think. I'm not saying our world is a wonderful place, I'm just saying "Hey, this place is very absurd, ok?" So, maybe we can make another version because this doesn't have to be like this." (Ena Sendijarević)