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Festival News

Sarajevo City of Film for Global Screen to greenlight production of a new feature by Pjer Žalica

We celebrate together: 25th anniversary of SÁTÁNTANGÓ at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival 25 years after its original release, SÁTÁNTANGÓ, hungarian director’s Béla Tarr masterpiece, has received 4K digital restoration which will be shown at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival. Adapted in 1994 from the first novel by the Man Booker Prize-winner László Krasznahorkai, Tarr’s 450-minute-long movie quickly became a rarely seen yet legendary work of art. Restoring it, is undoubtedly a heroic adventure: the original

film negative is more than 12 kilometres long and weighs approximately 104 kilograms. The 7,5 hour long work was restored in cooperation with the Hungarian Filmlab and Arbelos Films (US) under the guidance of Béla Tarr himself. The film will be shown at a special screening, presented by Tarr - one of the most influential film authors of today and a Honorary Heart of Sarajevo recipient.

SEE Factory 2019 films premiere in La Quinzaine Five short films shot in Sarajevo and made by ten emerging directors from Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia – coupled with directors from Greece, Romania, Israel and Brazil, will open the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des réalisateurs) at Cannes. The project paired five filmmakers from the SEE region with five international directors: Urška Djukić (Slovenia) & Gabriel Tzafka (Greece/ Denmark), film: THE RIGHT ONE; Eleonora Veninova (North Macedonia) & Yona Rozenkier (Israel / Switzerland): THE SIGN; Maša Šarović (Serbia) & Sharon Engelhart (Israel): IN YOUR HANDS; Neven Samardžić (Bosnia-Herzegovina) & Carolina Markowitz (Brasil): SPIT; Dušan Kasalica (Montenegro) & Teodora Ana Mihai (Romania / Belgium): THE PACKAGE. The Southeast Europe Factory, the latest edition of La Factory project by DW and Directors’ Fortnight, joined forces with the Sarajevo Film Festival (Obala Art Centar), to produce these five films. This Factory is supported by Film Centre of Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Sarajevo Canton, North Macedonian Film Agency and Slovenian Film Centre, in association with Atlantic Grupa, Academy of Performing Art, Sarajevo and SCCA/ on South Eastern Europe side and Cineli Digital on the French side. “The SEE FACTORY is perhaps the one that better embodies the spirit blowing, for 6 years now, on this singular process (coupling 2 directors who don’t know each other), the intention to highlight young talents by accompanying and supporting them. But also to prove, once again, that cinema brings people together, beyond languages, beyond frontiers, and builds a much more constructive and creative dialogue than

any pseudo-political mechanism. For the first time, not one but five countries are producing this Factory together, five driving forces working together to combine their talents: Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. When we think that, not so long ago, most of these countries were at war, we can only rejoice about what can be achieved through cinema. They invited directors from Israel, Greece, Brazil, Romania and Switzerland to gather in the very emblematic and symbolic city of Sarajevo. The 10 filmmakers offer us the result of their exchanges with 5 short films, whilst waiting to discover their individual long feature films in a few years-time, as did those who participated in the Factory before them.” Christophe Leparc, Managing director, Director’s Fortnight ‘’Connecting Sarajevo City of Film and the Factory made sense for us from the first Factory programme we’ve seen. Sarajevo Film Festivals’ goal was always to nurture filmmaking talent in Southeast Europe and provide opportunities for presenting it internationally. Now that we have done it together with the Factory programme we have witnessed the synergies it created and it’s obvious to us that this is just the beginning and that we will see much more from these filmmakers in the future. We are forever grateful to Film Center Serbia, Film Centre of Montenegro, Ministry of Culture and Sport, Canton Sarajevo, North Macedonian Film Agency and Slovenian Film Centre who recognized this opportunity and helped us support the brightest talents from their countries.’’ Mirsad Purivatra, Izeta Građević, Jovan Marjanović, Executive Producers, Sarajevo Film Festival / Obala Art Centar

Following last year’s successful run on the international festival circuit of Martin Turk’s GOOD DAYS WORK, Sarajevo Film Festival and Turkish National Radio Television (TRT) have partnered again to produce two more micro-budget features in the framework of the Sarajevo City of Film for Global Screen (SCF GS) project. This time, the project will focus on directors from the South East European region who previously presented their films and won awards at the Sarajevo Film Festival and who now have great ideas for films that can be filmed in Sarajevo this year. One of the films is set to be directed by Bosnian director Pjer Žalica. His feature film FOCUS GRANDMA is a deathly serious comedy that tells the story of a family coming apart, and through that touches on the universal themes of a family and relationships – as well as a country falling apart. Another title to be green lit will be unveiled during the 25th SFF.Between 2019 and 2020 period, this financing scheme will provide each of the two films with EUR 200,000 in cash, as well as up to EUR 50,000-worth of in-kind services for each project.

CineLink reveals first projects selected for Co-Production Market, CineLink Drama and Docu Rough Cut Boutique Eight feature film projects in early development, five drama series projects and five documentary projects in post-production have been announced as part of this year’s CineLink line-up. The projects will be presented at CineLink Industry Days from August 19th till the 22nd.

CineLink Co-Production Market Selection: THE ANATOLIAN PANTHER / Director: Orçun Köksa / TEFERRUAT FILM (Turkey) THE GREAT ADVENTURE / Director: Cecilia Șefănescu / Libra Film Productions (Romania) LIKE A LIMBLESS TREE / Director: Tunç Davut /Tekhne Films (Turkey) PULA / Director: Andrej Korovljev / Kinematograf (Croatia) SIRIN / Director: Senad Šahmanović / Cut-Up, Alliance de Production Cinématographique (Montenegro, France) THIRD KIND / Director: Yorgos Zois / Foss productions, Squared Square (Greece) THOSE WHO WHISTLE AFTER DARK / Director: Pinar Yorgancioglu / Oh Picture Co. (Turkey, United States) VICTUS / Director: Andrei Tanase / Domestic Film (Romania)

CineLink Drama Selection: 548 / Creator: Triera Kasumi Berisha, Blerta Zeqiri / Dynamic L.L.C. (Kosovo) THE COUNSELLOR / Creator: Višnja Skorin / 3D2D Animatori (Croatia) HOME / Creator: Daria Keršić / Drugi plan (Croatia) SABRE / Creator: Goran Stanković, Vladimir Tagić / This and That Productions (Serbia) SNOW / Creator: Michaela Taschek / Witcraft Filmproduktion (Austria)

Docu Rough Cut Boutique Selection: DIVAS / Director: Máté Kőrösi / ELF Pictures (Hungary) HOLY FATHER / Director: Andrei Dascalescu/ FilmLab (Romania) IN PRAISE OF LOVE / Director: Tamara Drakulić / Monkey Production (Serbia) LEGACY / Director: Petya Nackova / Contrast Films (Bulgaria) MELISSA’S STORY / Director: Asia Dér, Sára Haragonics / Campfilm (Hungary)

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#25thSFF magazine May 2019