Sarajevo Film Festival’s documentary competition will include seven world premieres. Non-competitive sidebar Kinoscope will feature 17 films.

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The documentary competition at the the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival is to include 20 shorts and features, with seven world premieres and four international debuts.

World premieres include Escape by Serbian director Srdjan Keča, whose previous film Mirage won the Best Central and East European Documentary Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and Best Short Documentary award at London Short Film Festival; and A Slave by Bosnia’s Pjer Žalica, best known for fiction films Fuse and Days And Hours.

International premieres include Marta Popivoda’s Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, which screened in Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section; and Here… I Mean There by Laura Capatana-Juller, winner of the Romanian Days Award For Feature Film at the Transylvania International Film Festival.

Among regional premieres, there are three films which first screened at the Visions du Réel festival in Nyon: Mladen Kovačević’s Unplugged (Serbia-Finland), Rodion Ismailov’s My Kith and Kin (Azarbaijan) and Paul-Julien Robert’s My Fathers, My Mother & Me (Austria).

Notable titles also include Nebojša Slijepčević’s Gangster Of Love (Croatia-Romania-Germany), winner of audience award at Zagrebdox festival, and Dimitris Koutsiabasakos’ The Grocer (Greece), another audience winner, at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.

The Kinoscope sidebar programme, introduced last year, presents both fiction and documentary features from around the world, excluding the countries of South-Eastern Europe, which compose the festival’s competition strand.

This year’s programme, selected by Protagonist Pictures chief Mike Goodridge and Festival Scope founders Alessandro Raja and Mathilde Henrot, features 17 films, including Palme d’Or winner Adele: Chapters 1 & 2; documentaries The Act Of Killing and The Gatekeepers; Cannes Directors Fortnight opener The Congress; Cannes Europa Cinemas Label winner The Selfish Giant; SXSW winner Short Term 12; and Berlinale winner Gloria.


2 Autumns, 3 Winters, Sébastien Betbeder (France)

The Act Of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn (Denmark- Norway- Sweden-UK-Finland)           

Alì Blue Eyes, Claudio Giovannesi  (Italy)

Blue Is The Warmest Colour,Abdellatif Kechiche (France)

Borgman, Alex van Warmerdam (Netherlands-Belgium-Denmark)

The Congress, Ari Folman (Israel-Germany-Poland-Luxembourg-France-Belgium) 2013, 122 min.

Eat Sleep Die, Gabriela Pichler (Sweden)

The Gatekeepers,Dror Moreh(Israel-France-Germany-Belgium) 2012, 101 min.

Gloria, Sebastián Lelio (Chile-Spain)2013, 110 min.

Harmony Lessons,Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan-Germany-France)

The Interval, Leonardo di Costanzo (Italy-Switzerland-Germany)

The Selfish Giant,Clio Barnard (UK)

 Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton (US)

Stop The Pounding Heart,Roberto Minervini (US-Italy-Belgium)

Stranger By The Lake,Alain Guiraudie (France)                                                                                 

A Touch Of Sin, Jia Zhang-Ke (China)

Wakolda, Lucía Puenzo (Argentina-France-Spain-Norway)


Autofocus, director: Boris Poljak (Croatia), WORLD PREMIERE

Crazy About You,Danilo Marunović (Montenegro), WP

Escape, Srdjan Keča (Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina), WP

Finding Family, Chris Leslie, Oggi Tomic (Bosnia and Herzegovina-UK), WP

Patient, Zdenko Jurilj (Bosnia and Herzegovina), WP

Screens, Hanna Slak (Slovenia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Germany), WP

A Slave, Pjer Žalica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), WP

Here… I Mean There,Laura Capatana – Juller (Romania), INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Married to the Swiss Franc,Arsen Oremović (Croatia), IP

Mother Europe, Petra Seliškar (Slovenia-Macedonia-Croatia), IP

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, Marta Popivoda (Serbia-France-Germany), IP

The Cleaners, Konstantinos Georgousis (Greece), REGIONAL PREMIERE

Gangster of Love,Nebojša Slijepčević  (Croatia-Germany-Romania), RP

The Grocer, Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (Greece), RP

My Fathers, My Mother & Me, Paul-Julien Robert (Austria), RP

My Kith and Kin,Rodion Ismailov (Azerbaijan), RP

Regina, Diana Groó (Hungary-UK-Germany), RP

Sickfuckpeople, Juri Rechinsky (Austria), RP

Unplugged, Mladen Kovačević (Serbia-Finland), RP

The Verdict, Djuro Gavran (Croatia), RP

When I Was a Boy, I Was a Girl, Ivana Todorović (Serbia), RP


Occupation, the 27th Picture, Pavo Marinković (Czech Republic-Croatia)