Director and screenwriter Denijal Hasanović left his native country, Bosnia, in the 1990s, eventually establishing himself as a filmmaker in Poland.
He began his studies in filmmaking in Sarajevo, but completed his MA in Film Directing from the Polish National Film School in Łódź.
Hasanović’s feature film Catalina is competing the main competition at the 42nd Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia.
The film was a co-production between Bosnia, Croatia and Poland. Shot on location in Sarajevo, the film follows a young Colombian woman, Catalina (Andrea Otalvaro Acevedo), trying to redeem her visa in France after she has been denied renewal. She believes she can regain her status if she writes a report about the activities of the local office of the war crimes tribunal. In doing so befriends a native Bosnian woman, Nada (Lana Barić), who’s personal tragedies and relationship with Polish-born Marek (Andrzej Chyra) becomes central to the story.