This grave is too small for me
by Biljana Srbljanović
Direction: Mina Salehpour
German translation by Vukan Mihailović de Deo and Aleksandra Pejović, revised by Renata Britvec
Sarajevo, 1914. Partly from boredom, partly from political conviction, Serbian youths Gavrilo Princip and Nedeljko participate in ineffectual student protests. Suddenly, however, Austrian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand announces he will visit the town. Gavrilo and Nedeljko scent an opportunity. Together with their friend Danilo and Apis, a ringleader of secret Serbian nationalist organisation the Black Hand, they plan to assassinate Franz Ferdinand. Nedeljko throws a bomb but the only person the explosion kills is Danilo’s sister, 15-year old Ljubica. A few minutes later, Gavrilo shoots Franz Ferdinand dead. Gavrilo’s and Nedeljko’s suicide attempt with cyanide fails and the two are transported to the military prison at Theresienstadt. Danilo, also arrested, is hung on the spot. Biljana Srbljanović tells the story of the assassination of Sarajevo, which kick-starts the First World War, from the perspective of the adolescents that write history more or less by accident.
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Duration: ca. 60 minutes