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06 Jun 12

Bosnian Movie to Headline Sarajevo Film Festival

The organizers announced the films that will headline the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival, SFF, including the Bosnian movie “Children of Sarajevo”, which will open the nine-day festival on July 6.

Elvira Jukic
BIRN Sarajevo

The director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Mirsad Purivatra, announced at a press conference on June 5 that Aida Begic's movie “Children of Sarajevo”, which premiered at this years' Cannes festival, would open the festival.

The Sarajevo Film Festival will take place from July 6 to July 14.

Purivatra also talked about other movies that will headline the festival saying that this year’s programme would have a different focus from previous years.

“Because these are not the best of times for our country and the rest of Europe, the focus is on the genres of black comedy and comedy,” Purivatra told the press conference on Tuesday.

One of the movies to be shown is the winner of the jury prize at the 65th Cannes festival, “Angel's share” by Ken Loach.

“'It is a story about Scotland today and a group of young people who cope with their problems and find a solution to them. Many have called it to a combination of  'Trainspotting' and 'The Full Monty',” Purivatra noted.

He also announced that the lead actors from the movie, Paul Brannigan and Gary Maitland, will be the guests of the Sarajevo festival, as well as the British actress and director Charlotte Rampling and the producer Christopher Simon.

A French movie “The Intouchables” will also be shown, the SFF director said, describing it as an extraordinary work by the French directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, which has already seen by some 30 million people around the world.

The third movie to headline the festival is “I, Anna” by Barnaby Southcombe, a psychological thriller set in London.

The rest of the programme will be announced in the following days.

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