An open-air screening of Phil Alden Robinson's thriller The Sum Of All Fears will open this year's Sarajevo Film Festival on August 16.

Among the other "big movies" being shown in the nightly Open Air programme are Men In Black II, Bad Company, About A Boy, as well as Lilo & Stitch as part of a "family day" and a screening of the 1993 film Naked within the year's Tribute to UK director Mike Leigh who will attend to take part in workshops and discussions.

Gaspar Noe's controversial Irreversible, Ulrich Seidl's Dog Days, Juan Villegas' Sabado and Yamashita Nobuhuro's Hazy Life are among the films lined up for the New Currents sidebar which shows first and second feature films.

The Panorama section - regarded as a link between New Currents and the mainstream Open Air programme - has selected such titles as Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her, Jian Zhange's Unknown Pleasure, Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without A Past, Matsui Minoru's Japanese Devils and Heddy Honigmann's Good Husband, Dear Son and will also present special screenings of Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine and Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer's Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary.

Meanwhile, a showcase of regional productions from Bosnia-Herzegovina and neighbouring countries in the Regional Programme section will confirm the Sarajevo festival's ambition to serve as a key meeting place for the film industry of the Balkan region.

Films being shown include Jan Cvitkovic's Bread And Milk (Slovenia), Fatmir Koci's Tirana Year Zero (Albania), Jasmila Zbanic's Nazad Naprijed (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Sinisa Dragin's Every Day God Kisses Us On The Mouth (Romania)