Aida Begic leads the best
As usual, twenty days before the start of the Sarajevo Film Festival, which is being held this year earlier than every before, the leaders of the organization have published the titles of films that will compete for the Grand Prize in the Competition Program.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, with 18 years of the festival, the SFF Competition Program (formerly Regional) has established itself as an adequate place for insight into recent issuances of the cinematography of South East Europe. This year is no exception, except that the selector, in her own words, made sure that "no one could complain about missing female directors from the selection," and such was the case this year with the choice of the selectors at festivals in Berlin and Cannes. And of course, the program offers a wide range of filmmaking, in which stands Aida Begic and her new film "Djeca."
This transitional drama will open the festival and the Competition Program, and already now her success on domestic soil is in sight, having won special recognition of the jury at Cannes. For many years there was no Bosnian film in the selection, let alone a win, so maybe this year it will change.
The rest of the selections in the main program of the festival brings many regional, two international, and one world premiere. The latter is the Austrian film "On the Border," a drama about a love triangle between two men and one woman by director Florian Flicker.
The international premieres come from two debutantes from Turkey and Serbia - Belmin Soylemez's "Present Time" and the single genre entry
in the program, the political thriller "Ustanička ulica" (Rebel Street) by Miroslav Terzic. The remainder of the selections by Elma Tataragic are the regional premieres, and films come from the entire region: from Turkey come Orhan Eskilkoy's "Voice of My Father" and Emin Alper's "Behind the Hills," from Romania comes Radu Jude's "All of Our Family," Austria's "What is Love" by Ruth Mader, and the highly acclaimed "Woman Who Wiped Away the Tears" by Teona Srugar-Mitevska from Macedonia.
The selection really offers diverse works and a combination of new young directors and the more experienced who already have careers. They will all be competing for the Grand Prize, the Heart of Sarajevo and EURO 16,000, and will also be competing for other awards issued by the
main program: the Heart of Sarajevo for best actor and actress, the CICAE Prize and the CICAE Cineuropa. The jury that will choose the best among those listed will be announced in the coming days. The films will, as is customary, be screened in two terms in the National Theatre, with the press screenings in the morning.
The choice of films in the In Focus program is led by this year's Cannes winner, Michael Haneke with "Love," but besides him, the Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos with "Alps," an old acquaintance of Sarajevo - Cristian Mungiu with his new film, the winner of several awards from Cannes, "Behind the Hills." Maja Milos from Serbia with "Piston," Bence Fliegauf from Hungary with the drama "Only the Wind," and Bella Tar will present an omnibus that he produced, "Hungary 2011," a special screening of the film "Summer Tasks" will be held as
a tribute to the recently departed Turkish director Seyfi Teoman.