Director & Cast
Director, Danis Tanovic
Danis Tanovic was born in 1969 in Bosnia. He studied at the University of Sarajevo Music Conservatory, where he played the piano. He also studied at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Sarajevo until 1992 when he discontinued his studies due to the Siege of Sarajevo. At that time he joined a film crew that followed the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Much of the captured film footage has since been used in films and newscasts documenting the Bosnian war. In 1994 he went on to finish his studies in Belgium during which time he made several critically acclaimed documentaries. He graduated in 1997, moved to Paris and began working on the script for “No Man’s Land” (2001) which won 42 awards, including the European Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the César for Best First Feature, the Palme d’Or for Best Screenplay in 2001 at Cannes, a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. Also in 2002, he was one of eleven filmmakers to direct a segment of 11’09”01 – September 11, a film reflecting on the events of 9/11. Each of the eleven filmmakers was allotted 11 minutes, 9 seconds and 1 frame. In 2005 Tanovic finished his second feature film, “L’Enfer (Hell),” part of a trilogy, “Heaven” (Tom Tykwer, 2002), “Hell” and “Purgatory,” and loosely based on Euripides’ play “Medea.” In 2008, wanting to bring political change to BiH, Tanovic founded a political party, Naša Stranka (Our Party), a multi-ethnic political party which seeks to break the domination of nationalist parties in BiH. Tanovic’s latest endeavor is a film titled “Cirkus Columbia,” opening the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival on July 23, 2010.
Colin Farrell as Mark Walsh
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Colin Farrell took his first starring role in a feature film in Joel Schumacher’s “Tigerland.” Along with such blockbusters as “Minority Report” and “Phone Booth,” Farrell has had an eclectic career in independent films which have showcased his versatility, talent and deep well, including “A Home At The End of the World,” “Cassandra’s Dream,” “Intermission,” “Ask the Dust,” among others, as well as “In Bruges,” for which he won a Golden Globe.
Paz Vega as Elena Morales
Born Paz Campos Trigo, in Seville, Spain, Paz Vega first appeared on screen in 1998 in “Companeros” and then in 1999 in “Zapping.” In 2001 she appeared in “Lucia y el Sexo” and that year she was awarded the Goya for her role in “Sólo Mía (Mine Alone).” After other notable film roles in “Hable Con Ella” and Vicente Aranda’s “Carmen,” Vega also appeared in the 2005 hit film “Spanglish,” with Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni. In recent years Vega has appeared in films such as “10 Items or Less,” “Fade to Black,” and “La Masseria Delle Allodole (The Lark Farm).”
Christopher Lee as Joaquín Morales
With a career spanning over 6 decades and 266 titles, Christopher Lee, most noted for his roles in “Dracula” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, was born in England in 1922. Standing at 6’5″, he started out as an office clerk until 1941 when he enlisted in the RAF during World War II. After the war, Lee gained a seven-year contract with the Rank Organisation where he received his first actor training, and went on to appear as a spear carrier in Laurence Olivier’s film version of “Hamlet.” He continued to appear in films throughout the 1950s, achieving notoriety with “The Curse of Frankenstein,” “The Mummy,” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Throughout the 1960s Lee reprized his role as Dracula in a number of Hammer film sequels and in the 1970s he appeared in such films as “To the Devil a Daughter” and “The Man with the Golden Gun.” The 1980s saw Lee in “Police Academy: Mission to Moscow,” “The Return of Captain Invincible,” and in 1988, he starred in the film “Jinnah,” playing the title the role of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan. The 21st century has seen Lee work in a number of Tim Burton films, including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Sleepy Hollow” and as the voice of Pastor Galswells in the animated “Corpse Bride.” He will appear in TRIAGE as well as 6 other new films being released over the next 12 months. In 2001, recognized for his life-long contribution to cinema, Lee was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In short: an impossible life to sum up. Update: On October 30, 2009, he was knighted Sir Christopher Lee by the Prince of Wales.
Branko Djuric as Dr. Talzani
Frontman of Sarajevo rock band Bombaj Štampa, Branko Djuric, born in the former Republic of Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina), is an actor, director and musician. Djuric first received notoriety in the 1980s with the comedy series “Top Lista Nadrealista.” At the beginning of the war Djuric left his native Sarajevo and went to Slovenia where he works in theater, television and film. His films have included “Mali Svet (A Small World),” “Ovo Malo Duše (An Additional Soul),” “Dom za Vešanje (Time of the Gypsies),” and most notably appearing as Čikija in Danis Tanovic’s 2001 award winning “No Man’s Land.”
Kelly Reilly as Diane
From Surrey, England, Reilly’s first television appearance in 1995 at the age of 17 was the result of a letter she had written to the producers of the tv drama “Prime Suspect.” Six months later she was given an audition for which she won a role in one episode, “Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle.” Following that, Reilly began a successful career as a theatre actress and has appeared on stage in Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” the late Sarah Kane’s controversial “Blasted,” Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger” and “After Miss Julie” adapted from Strindberg’s original and directed by Patrick Marber, for which Reilly was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003. Her film appearances include “Mrs Henderson Presents,” “Me and Orson Welles,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Libertine.”
Jamie Sives as David
Born in Lochend, Edinburgh, Scotland, Sives began his acting career in 1999. He has appeared in numerous television series including, “Glasgow Kiss,” “Rockface,” “Trial & Retribution,” “Walking the Dead” and “Silent Witness.” Along with TRIAGE, he can be seen in 2009 in “Valhalla Rising.” Sives currently has several projects forthcoming: “Clash of the Titans (2010),” “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010),” and “The Bonny Boys (2010).”