Date of Opening of Sarajevo Film Festival announced

June 27, 2020 12:00 PM

Sarajevo Film Festival will be held from 14 to 21 August 2020. This was confirmed today by the SFF Directorate on its Facebook profile. They welcomed all participants, but also guests.

Towards the end of the four-year siege of Sarajevo, in 1995, Obala Art Centar initiated the Sarajevo Film Festival with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of the city.

Today, two decades later, the Sarajevo Film Festival is the leading film festival in the region, recognized by both film professionals and the wider audience. The Sarajevo Film Festival is an international film festival with a special focus on the region of South-East Europe (Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey), shining an international spotlight on films, talent and future projects from the region.

High quality programming, a strong industry segment, an educational and networking platform for young filmmakers and thus generated presence of the international film industry, film authors and media representatives alongside a paying audience of over 100,000, confirm its status as the leading film festival in the region, recognised by both professionals and the wider audiences.

In an emerging territory of more than 140 million inhabitants, Sarajevo Film Festival serves as a common platform for film businesses from all over the region, setting the future standards in festival organisation, film promotion and presentation in South-East Europe.

Feel the creative energy of our Festival and share our passion for films in the remarkable atmosphere of the city of Sarajevo.

The jubilee edition of the festival brought a total of 270 movies screened in 18 programs from 56 countries. A total of 68 films made their world and 12 made its international premieres. There were 53 films in competition for the Heart of Sarajevo Awards and more than 100,000 visitors since Aug.16.

Towards the end of the four-year siege of Sarajevo, in 1995, Obala Art Centar initiated the SFF with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of the city. For the last 25 years, SFF has been recongnized as the leading film festival in the region, recognized by both professionals and the wider audiences.

After presenting his film THE SEARCH at the 20th Sarajevo Film Festival in 2014, Hazanavicius is back again at the 2020 Sarajevo Film Festival and with four more Jury members of the Competition Programme – Feature Film will decide about the winners of the Heart of Sarajevo Awards.

“Hazanavicius is an author known for his strong stylistic expression who always reexamines relationship with film, its language and history. Let’s remember that in a new millennium his film THE ARTIST has made the whole world enjoy once again a supposedly outdated film format – silent film,” said Mirsad Purivatra, the Sarajevo Film Festival director.

As the president of the Jury of the 26th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Hazanavicius joins the most acclaimed filmmakers who presided over the jury in previous editions of the Sarajevo Film Festival: Mike Leigh (2004), Miki Manojlović (2005), Jasmila Žbanić (2006), Jeremy Irons (2007), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2008), Mirjana Karanović (2009), Cristi Puiu (2010), Ari Folman (2011), Kornél Mundruczó (2012), Danis Tanović (2013), Béla Tarr (2014), Călin Peter Netzer (2015), Elia Suleiman (2016), Michel Franco (2017), Asghar Farhadi (2018), Ruben Östlund (2019).

Michel Hazanavicius was born 1967 in Paris, France. He attended art school and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. After his first short film ECHEC AU CAPITAL and several collaborations on scripts, in 1999 he shot his first feature, MES AMIS. In 2006, he directed his second feature OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES and in 2009 OSS 17: LOST IN RIO. In 2011 he made THE ARTIST, a black-and-white silent film, starring Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin, which won 5 Oscars in 2012, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Dujardin, while Bejo was an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress. THE ARTIST was also awarded with 3 Golden Globe Awards, 7 BAFTA Awards, the Best Actor Award for Dujardin at Cannes in 2011, where the film premiered, and many other awards.

After THE ARTIST in 2011, in 2012 Hazanavicius directed a segment of the sketch film, THE PLAYERS, in 2014 THE SEARCH – in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2017 REDOUBTABLE, which was also in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His latest film is THE LOST PRINCE (2020), his 7th feature film, starring Bérénice Bejo and Omar Sy.

 

 

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