It’s mid-summer, which means European film festivals — from Karlovy Vary to Locarno and, now, Sarajevo — start to offer up alternative programming as the busy Fall season looms.
Now in its 21st year, the Sarajevo Film Festival is bringing competition premieres as well as buzzy Cannes titles to Bosnia. Those who missed Sony Pictures Classics pickup “Son of Saul,” the Holocaust drama that took the Coens’ Cannes jury prize and is now Hungary’s Oscar submission, can see it here.
The festival runs August 14-22.
Also from Cannes are “Amy,” prize winner “The Lobster,” “Irrational Man,” “Green Room,” Quinzaine winner “Mustang,” “Panama,” “The High Sun” and “The Treasure,” from acclaimed Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, who helmed postmodern procedural “Police, Adjective” and more. Director Andrei Cohn will also represent Romania with “Back Home.”
The festival, like this year’s Venice, has also made room for women directors. Athina Rachel Tsangari, one in a new wave of Greek filmmakers, will present “Chevalier” in Sarajevo after screening in competition at Locarno, which runs August 5 through 15. Her flippant comedy “Attenberg,” from 2010, was a real treat.
2015 Berlinale Golden Bear winner “Taxi,” from Jafar Panahi, will also play the festival’s Kinoscope section. Kino Lorber acquired the film’s US rights.
The 21st Sarajevo Film Festival’s lifetime achievement equivalent, the Honorary Heart, will be awarded to Benicio Del Toro, who will present Fernando León de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day.” In this drama, which bowed at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the Oscar winner plays a disenchanted aid worker in an armed conflict zone alongside Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko and Melanie Thierry.
Auteurs Brillante Mendoza and Atom Egoyan will receive tributes, with retrospective screenings. Herewith the competition lineup. Screen International has nicely laid out the full list of titles here.
Competition – Features
“Back Home,” Andrei Cohn
“Chevalier,” Athina Rachel Tsangari
“Entanglement,” Tunç Davut
“The High Sun,” Dalibor Matanić
“Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven
“Our Everyday Life,” Ines Tanović
“Panama,” Pavle Vučković
“Son Of Saul,” László Nemes
“Superworld,” Karl Markovics
“The Treasure,” Corneliu Porumboiu