The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced its feature and short films competition. The 10 features competing include one world premiere - Slovenian Blaz Kutin's We've Never Been To Venice -plus seven international premieres.
The Focus programme will feature the most awarded films from the region: Romanian Radu Muntean's Boogie, Greek Thanos Anasthopulos's Correction, Austrian Gotz Spielmann's Revanche, Turkish Seyfi Teoman's Summer Book, Stephan Komandarev's The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks Around The Corner (Bulgaria/Germany/Slovenia/Hungary), Slovenian Damjan Kozole's Forever and Cannes Critics' Week Grand Prix winner Snow by Bosnian Aida Begic.
'My programmer's dream has come true: it is more and more difficult to close the programme,' says selector Elma Tataragic. 'The current situation in regional film has changed dramatically for the better. The world film industry is certainly aware of that; a high ranking gentleman from the world of film recently confirmed this with a statement: 'The next aesthetic boom will come from your region, because there are stories as well as authors to tell those stories in a new and fresh way'.''
The feature competition has five prizes:
Heart of Sarajevo for the Best Film- $39,000 (Euros 25,000)
Special Jury Award - $16,000 (Euros 10,000)
Heart of Sarajevo for the Best Actress - $3,900 (Euros 2,500)
Heart of Sarajevo for the Best Actor - $3,900 (Euros 2,500)
CICAE Award (Assistance in distribution of winning films in cinemas in Central and Western Europe)
In the shorts competition, there are 17 films, including the world premieres of Timur Makarevic's Wake, Dragan Rokvic's People Are Still Traveling To The Moon and Mirsad Agic's Snack (all from Bosnia and Herzegovina). The short film programmes has three awards.
COMPETITION PROGRAMME- FEATURE FILMS
We've Never Been To Venice (Nikoli Nisva Sla V Benetke) by Blaz Kutin, Slovenia (world premiere)
Autumn (Sonbahar) by Ozcan Alper, Turkey (international premiere) Buick Riviera by Goran Rusinovic, Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina (international premiere)
Dot (Nokta) by Dervis Zaim, Turkey (international premiere)
Girls (Lanyok) by Anna Faur, Hungary (international premiere)
Kino Lika by Dalibor Matanic, Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina (international premiere)
March (Marz) by Handl Klaus, Austria (international premiere)
The Fourth Man (Cetvrti Covek) by Dejan Zecevic, Serbia (international premiere)
Delta by Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary/Germany (regional premiere)
My Marlon And Brando (Gitmek)by Huseyin Karabey, Turkey (regional premiere)