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Tampa native brings Bosnian drama to Sundial in St. Pete



A culture-clash romance after the Bosnian War is the focus of Sabina K., a film by Tampa native Cristobal Krusen getting its U.S. premiere Feb. 27 at St, Petersburg's Sundial 19.

Admission is free for the 3 p.m. screening. Moviegoers must RSVP to by Feb. 20 to secure seating.

Krusen, 63, was born in Tampa, attending Berkely Preparatory School through ninth grade before relocating.

Inspired by a true story, Sabina K. is a divorced mother (Alena Džebo) of two children who reunites with  Saša (Alban Ukaj), a friend she met during the war. They fall in love although religious differences - she is Muslim; he's Catholic - raising serious issues in their Bosnia and Herzegovina community.

“The message I wish to impart through Sabina K., more than any other, is that in the midst of solitude and despair, that feeling of being invisible, you’re never truly alone,” Krusen said in a news release. "There’s a God in heaven who sees at all times, understands your struggles, and has a plan and purpose for your life.”

The U.S. premiere at Sundial is sponsored by First United Methodist Church/The Foundry of St. Petersburg. Sabina K. held its world premiere at 2015's Sarajevo Film Festival. The movie is presented in Bosnian with English subtitles.


[Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2016 12:34pm]


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