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13 Jul 12

Festival Turns Sarajevo Into Movie Heaven

This year's Sarajevo Film Festival, as ever, is drawing stars from the world of show business, while offering a rich retrospective of this year’s film production.

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Angelina Jolie at Sarajevo Film Festival | Photo courtesy of SFF

Over the nine days of the Sarajevo Film Festival, audiences will have a chance to see 210 movies from 57 world production companies.

Once again Bosnian and international filmmakers and actors strolled along the red carpet in front of the National Theatre in Sarajevo, including US star Angelina Jolie, Spain's Victoria Abril, former French football legend Eric Cantona, and others.

The festival opened on July 6 with the screening of the only film made in Bosnia this year – “Djeca” ("Children"), by Aida Begic, which is part of the festival’s competition programme.

Movies competing for the best feature-length movie award:

  1. BABAMIN SESI (Voice of My Father) by Orhan Eskiköy, Zeynel Dogan; Turkey, Germany, France, 2012
  2. TEPENIN ARDI (Behind the Hill) by Emin Alper; Turkey, Greece, 2012
  3. USTANICKA ULICA (Ustanicka Street) by Miroslav Terzic, Serbia, 2012
  4. TOATA LUMEA DIN FAMILIA NOASTRA (Everyone From Our Family) by Radu Jude, Romania, 2012
  5. ZENA KOJA JE OBRISALA SUZE (The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears) by Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, 2012
  6. DJECA (Children) by Aida Begić, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey, 2012
  7. GRENZGÄNGER (On the Boarder) by Florian Flicker, Austria, 2012
  8. WHAT IS LOVE, by Ruth Mader; Austria, 2012
  9. SIMDIKI ZAMAN (Present Time) by Belmin Söylemez, Turkey, 2012

This year’s competition programme includes three categories – best feature-length movie, short movie, and best documentary made in Central and Southeast Europe.

Juries awarding prizes on the final night of the festival, July 14, consist of international and regional directors, actors and other film experts.

Nine movies will compete for the prize of best feature-length movie. Two movies in the programme will have their premieres in Sarajevo, while three movies will be presented for the first time in the region.  

The "In Focus" programme is a regional selection that includes various movies from the region, internationally recognized ones, as well as those that didn’t win fame on the international festival circuit, despite their quality.

Some of the movies selected for the "In focus" programme are "Klip", by Serbian director Maja Milos, "Csak a szel", ("Just the Wind"), by Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf, and "Paradies: Liebe", ("Paradise: Love"), by Ulrich Seidl from Austria.

Eric Cantona presented his movie 'Football Rebels' | Photo courtesy of the SFF

Movies for the competition as well as the "In focus" programme were selected by Elma Tataragic, one of the festival's founders.

Besides these two most important programmes, there are also "Kinoskope", which is a worldwide selection of feature and documentary movies, and "Open Air", which is bringing some of the newest Bosnian, European and American movies to Sarajevo.

The festival by tradition presents modern trends in film through its "Novi tokovi" ("New Trends") programme.

Around 100,000 people visited the festival last year and as many or more are expected this year.

The festival is due to be closed by George Clooney on July 14.

The complete programme of the Sarajevo film festival, as well as information on the venues, guests, and other contents is available on this link.

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