By Jasmina Hodzic. Picture by Artur Krzykowiak.
Between Angelina Jolie's visit in company of her children and half a million worth ring, between ovations to the actress of a popular soap opera Lara's choice, appearances on the red carpet and vibrant life at the streets of Sarajevo, takes place the eighteenth Sarajevo Film Festival.
By Therese Sampietro Though one film at this year’s film festival told the uplifting tale of how a library was saved, the true story of Bosnia’s books is much sadder.
The Audience Award for best documentary film in the 17th annual Sarajevo Film Festical went to Sam Hobkinson’s film The Love of Books-A Sarajevo Story.
By Valerie Hopkins
In the first few minutes of the movie “Baggage,” premiered on the closing night of Sarajevo Film Festival, the main character Amir, a Bosniak now living in Sweden, is stopped by police as he enters Republika Srpska from Sarajevo. Why, he asks, is the speed limit 40 km on this highway? “Because It’s a populated area,” replied the policeman.
By Nadine Ravaud Like every year, a few Turkish and Greek movies are featured at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival
On Monday, the audience at the Open Air Cinema absorbed the aesthetics of the banal in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
By Nadine Ravaud
The 2011 Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) also offers plenty of fun for kids with a selection of films for both younger kids and teens and a free family street fair.
This year’s Children’s Programme at the SFF proposes 13 feature, short and animated films for the pleasure of the youngest viewers.
By Teresa Sampietro
During the Sarajevo Film Festival, the city changes to be a calm place to be an overcrowded city. The locals get ready during the entire year for this event.
One tourist brochure published by the Sarajevo Canton recommends that visitors to the city adopt the traditional maxim of Sarajevo life- sabur- a Turkish word meaning “calmly, slowly and with patience”.
By Nadine Ravaud
The first Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) was held in late October 1995, as the siege of Sarajevo was still going on. The dream of a group of enthusiasts grew into the most important cultural event – not only in Bosnia-Herzegovina – but in the greater Southeast European region.