Fuse (2003)


Fuse (2003)
Gori vatra (original title)

In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there's a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body's missing. Adnan's siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father's decline. It's announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children's choir learns "House of the Rising Sun." Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother's death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
IMDb  7.3 /10
Director Pjer Zalica
Writer Pjer Zalica
Release Date2004-04-28
Runtime1h 45mins
GenreComedy, Drama
Content Rating
Awards7 wins & 5 nominations.
CompanyRefresh Production, Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion GmbH, Ciné-Sud Promotion
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Turkey, France
LanguageSerbian, Bosnian, English
Enis Beslagic
Enis Beslagic
Senad Basic
Senad Basic
Admir Glamocak
Admir Glamocak
Gordana Boban
Gordana Boban
Hubert Kramar
Hubert Kramar
Almir Cehajic
Almir Cehajic
Osman (as Almir Cehajic-Batko)
Ana Vilenica
Ana Vilenica
Amra Kapidzic
Amra Kapidzic

Fuse (film)

Fuse (Bosnian: Gori vatra, "The Fire is Burning") is a Bosnian comedy/drama film directed by Pjer Žalica. It was released in 2003.


The plot takes place in the small town of Tešanj in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, two years after the Bosnian War. The town is overridden by corruption, prostitution and organized crime. People of Tešanj live in peace, though the war scars are visible everywhere in town, as well as in people's souls. After the war, the population of Tešanj consists almost exclusively of Bosniaks. Ethnic Serbs now live in surrounding villages.

It is announced that U.S. president Bill Clinton will pay a visit to the town. Western bureaucrats arrive to Tešanj to supervise the preparations for the visit. Everything in the town must be in order, including the faked brotherhood between Bosniaks and Serbs.


  • Enis Bešlagić - Faruk
  • Bogdan Diklić - Zaim
  • Saša Petrović - Husnija
  • Izudin Bajrović - Mugdim
  • Emir Hadžihafizbegović - Stanko
  • Jasna Žalica - Hitka
  • Senad Bašić - Velija
  • Feđa Štukan - Adnan
  • Hubert Kramar - Supervisor
  • Admir Glamočak - Hamdo
  • Aleksandar Seksan - Pic
  • Almir Čehajić - Osman
  • Alban Ukaj - Glavar


Bosnian folk singer Emina Zečaj recorded music for the film.


  • Silver Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival - 2003
  • Golden Star, Marrakech International Film Festival - 2003
  • Best First Feature, Sarajevo Film Festival - 2003