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Sarajevo To Present Regional and Global Films at Ninth Festival

Sarajevo To Present Regional and Global Films at Ninth Festival

Sarajevo To Present Regional and Global Films at Ninth Festival

by Wendy Mitchell

Nicole Kidman in Lars von Trier’s “Dogville.”

The ninth Sarajevo Film Festival will kick off August 15 with one of the many regional films in this year’s program, Pjer Zalica’s “Fuse,” about how a shy man’s life changes when Bill Clinton visits his small Bosnian town. Before it wraps on August 23, the festival will show more than 130 other films. World premieres in Sarajevo will include Srdjan Vuletic’s “Summer in the Golden Valley,” Branko Djuric’s “Sour Cream and Marmalade,” Miha Hoever’s “In the Mountains,” and Milos Radovic’s “A Small World.”

This year’s festival will include a regional program that will promote existing local film initiatives and also to launch new ones. The best feature film of the regional program will win a 15,000-Euro award, plus 15,000 Euros in distribution support for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Panorama section (programmed by indieWIRE contributor Howard Feinstein) will include Lars von Trier’s “Dogville,” Samira Makmalbbaf’s “At Five in the Afternoon,” Dylan Kidd’s “Roger Dodger,” Diego Lerman’s “Tan De Repente” (Suddenly), Siddiq Barmak’s “Osama,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Uzak” (Distant), and Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant,” among others. Panorama docs will include Ulrich Seidl’s Karlovy Vary winner “Jesus, You Know,” Andrew Jarecki’s “Capturing the Friedmans,” Bill Morrison’s “Decasia” and more.

The New Currents section, devoted to more risk-taking films, will include Ruth Mader’s “Struggle,” Jonas Akerlund’s “Spun,” Juan Antin’s “Mercano the Martian,” and more.

Other sections of the program include video works, a children’s program, outdoor screenings, shorts from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, European Film Academy shorts nominees, and more.

Peter Mullan, winning accolades for his second film “The Magdalene Sisters,” is the subject of this year’s tribute (for both directing and acting). Mullan will attend and participate in various panels at the festival. Other notables in attendance will include Patrice Chereau (“Son frere”), Brad Silberling (“Moonlight Mile”), Stephen Frears (“Dirty Pretty Things”), and producer Jeremy Thomas (“Young Adam”).

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