TODAY’S – Sarajevo fest marks 20th year with record number of films

Sarajevo fest marks 20th year with record number of filmsThe Sarajevo Film Festival, founded as an act of defiance while the city was besieged during the 1992-95 Bosnian War, is marking its 20th anniversary from Aug. 15 through 23 with its biggest lineup of movies.

Nine films are competing for the top Heart of Sarajevo Award, among them Kosovoandrsquos andldquoThree Windows and a Hanging,andrdquo about a school teacher giving an account of her rape during the conflict.Other contenders for the for the 16,000-euro ($21,397) award come from Georgia, Turkey, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, Austria, Germany, Hungary and France.

Turkey is represented in the competition by two titles — andldquoKuzuandrdquo (The Lamb), directed by KutluI Ataman, and andldquoKlama Dayika Minandrdquo (Song of My Mother), by Erol MintaI.Festival director Mirsad Purivatra said future events would look even further afield for competitors.

andldquoI think the festival is entering a new phase in which we want to build a stronger bond between the region and the rest of the world,andrdquo he said, adding that the event had been building contacts in the Middle East, Mexico, India, Lebanon and North AfricaThe Sarajevo Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Balkans and draws around 100,000 fans to the Bosnian capital every year This yearandrsquos program lists nearly 250 films from 60 countries.The jury is chaired by Hungaryandrsquos Bela Tarr, who retired from directing films after the release of andldquoThe Turin Horseandrdquo in 2011.

The event will hand out honorary awards to Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, French designer and filmmaker Agnes B and Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.French director Michel Hazanavicius, best known for andldquoThe Artist,andrdquo and Hungaryandrsquos Kornel Mundruczo will also present their Cannes festival contenders, respectively andldquoThe Searchandrdquo and andldquoWhite God.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman