The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced that Cannes Critics Week Grand Prix winner Snow by Bosnian Aida Begic will officially open the festival at the Heineken Open Air with capacity of 3,000 seats.
Other films to screen at the prestigious venue include Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys.
Ceylan will also serve as the president of the jury which will also be comprised of British director Hugh Hudson, Croatian actress Marija Skaricic (Das Fraulein, the best film of Sarajevo 2006 and best actress in Sarajevo 2004 for That Beautiful Night In Split), founder and director of Match Factory Michael Weber, and Deborah Young, the artistic director of Taormina Film Festival.
Ceylan, Leigh, Terry George and Slavoj Zizek, influential Slovenian phylosopher, sociologist and critic, will be among the lecturers at the second Sarajevo Talent Campus.
After the the first Talent Campus which included young directors, actors and producers from the region, this year writers also have the chance to participate.
In 2002, Mike Leigh enjoyed a Tribute to programme in Sarajevo and in 2004 he was the president of the feature competition jury. In 2006 he received the Special Heart of Sarajevo award.
His presence at the festival and his support played an important role in promotion of Central and South-Eastern European Film and was crucial to creating strong connections between British film industry and the region.