The Bosnian Institute, in partnership with Sarajevo Film Festival, Europe's most dynamic young film festival, brings a third season of the best new features and shorts by Bosnian film makers and producers to Riverside Studios. More than 10 years after the end of the 1992-1995 conflict the war and its aftermath remains the dominant theme in Bosnian cinema. We see explorations of the shattered society in which those who survived must live and the enduring traumas they face - themes often treated with humour and irony. The films take us on an intimate journey through Bosnia's recent past and present.
New Bosnian Cinema 2006 is a project of The Bosnian Institute, London in partnership with Sarajevo Film Festival and Riverside Studios with funding from the UK Lottery through Awards for All , Bosnia & Herzegovina Tourism Cluster and the support of Obala Art Centar, Sarajevo, Dogwoof Pictures, EastWest Film Distribution, Film & Music Entertainment Ltd and Momentum Pictures.
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8.30PM Double Bill
If I Wasn't Muslim
Damir Niksic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2004, 7 m
Paraphrasing Tevye's monologue from Fiddler on the Roof, this artist's video comments on the stereotyping of Muslims in Europe and the complexities of cultural and religious identity in Bosnia. The video was originally presented to great acclaim as an installation at the New Temple Gallery in Sarajevo, a former Jewish synagogue.
Plus at 8.40PM
Idemo Na Zapad
Ahmed Imamovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005, 95m
Milan and Kenan are a gay couple. Milan is Serb, Kenan is Muslim; war is about to break out. The two flee to Milan's home village waiting for an opportunity to escape to the Netherlands. Witnessing the brutality of Serb militia toward Muslims, Milan disguises Kenan as a woman and presents him as his wife. A groundbreaking film that was first to address issues of homosexuality in Bosnia.
Followed by a Q & A with producer Samir Smajic
7.30PM Double Bill
Frame for the Picture of my Homeland
Ram za sliku moje domovine
Elmir Jukic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005, 15 m
A small town in Bosnia 1992, the Muslim festival of Eid. Unaware they are on the eve of war everyone is celebrating together: Muslims, Serbs and Croats. Years later a photograph taken during the feast is the only document that can identify a war criminal on the run.
Plus at 7.45PM
Esma's Secret - Grbavica
Jasmila Zbanic, Austria / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Germany / Croatia, 2006, 90 m
Single mother Esma lives with her 12-year-old daughter Sara in Sarajevo. A certificate proving Sara's father was a war martyr would allow her a discount on a school trip, but Esma avoids Sara's requests for the certificate. When Sara discovers her mother has paid full price for the trip she aggressively demands the truth about her father. Winner of the 2006 Golden Bear at Berlin.
Followed by a Q&A with director Jasmila Zbanic
1.00PM Double Bill
Alen Drljevic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005, 13 m
Not far from Sarajevo an illegal betting shop has been set up - taking bets on the life or death of men riding a motorbike through a minefield. Muris, one of the motorcyclists, comes out of his deadly ride alive. His hungry family celebrates his first "paycheck", not knowing the truth of how he earned it.
Plus at 1.15PM
Skies Above the Landscape
Nebo iznad krajolika
Nenad Djuric, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 84 m
Mehmed the shepherd sits on a wild Bosnian mountain top. A beautiful young woman parachutes to earth close to where he is sitting; she appears to need Mehmed's help, but unfortunately she speaks only French. From that moment an innocent love story full of comic cultural clashes begins, spiced with the lives of people from the mountain.
3.30PM Double Bill
Nedzad Begovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005, 72 m
An original and heart-warmingly funny meditation by artist/director Begovic on his family, the war, Sarajevo, and the art of film. Narrating the story himself, he shares his memories through a series of loosely-connected vignettes - from having the first television on the block, to life as a successful young communist when Bosnia was part of Tito's Yugoslavia.
Plus at 5.00PM
Jasmin Durakovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 110 m
Ahmed and Lana, Red Eye and Jennet Hugh, Sado and Saba, Sahbej, Beba, Nemanja, Meli, Marks, Matan, Pepper, Jimm and Nicollo... residents of a neighbourhood in Sarajevo whose war and post-war lives the film documents. They endure the war and its traumatic aftermath in different ways, but still ultimately believing in the possibility of a happier life. A favourite with audiences at the 2006 Sarajevo film Festival.
7.45PM Double Bill
Refik Hodzic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 54 m
Eleven years after the genocide in Srebrenica, one of the fathers of the missing sons tries to reveal the truth about his disappearance. A suspenseful and moving documentary.
Plus at 9.00PM
Rajko Grlic, Austria / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Croatia / Hungary / Macedonia / Serbia / Slovenia / UK, 94 m
Yugoslavia 1987. A group of bored conscripts are counting the days to the end of their military service at a post on the Albanian border. Among them are Sinisa, a young medical student from Croatia, and his best friend Ljuba, from Serbia. But the drunken Commander Pasic makes an unpleasant discovery and events spiral out of control.
1.00PM Double Bill
Ljubav na granici
Miroslav Mandic, Bosnia-Herzegovina / Czech Republic, 2005, 84 m
Three young couples dare to be in love, against the odds of their families, war and ethnicity. A documentary about frontiers that just a decade ago were frontlines. A sharply observed study of mixed marriage between Muslims, Serbs and Croats from Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik.
Plus at 2.45PM
Mum 'n Dad
Mama i tata
Faruk Loncarevic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 65 m
The story of an elderly "socialist-traditionalist" couple where the balance of power in the family shifts after "Dad" has a stroke. Though "Dad" has difficulties in communicating he is still physically strong. When "Mum" takes advantage of the situation to set some old quarrels straight, "Dad" opposes it in the only way he can - with physical force.
4.10PM Double Bill
Homage to Benjamin Filipovic 1962 - 2006
A tribute to the director Benjamin Filipovic who died earlier this year.
Mizaldo, End of Theatre
Mizaldo, kraj teatra
Benjamin Filipovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1994, 72 m
Filipovic's famous "commercial" for Sarajevo filmed during the war starring Bernard-Henry Levy as himself. The film's title is the word "odlazim" (I'm leaving) in reverse. Sarajevo, the mythical city of the Bosnian war, is presented chiefly as a theatre for the Western world - an ideal location for advertisements.
Plus at 5.50PM
Dobro ustimani mrtvaci
Benjamin Filipovic, Slovenia / France / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Italy, 2005, 94 m
Two bored coroners at Sarajevo city morgue bet on the number of corpses that will come in by a certain time, knowing nothing of the chain of events that will resolve the bet. Even the coroners aren't prepared for the bizarre group of relatives, friends and associates who arrive to claim the bodies. A darkly humorous tale set in post-war Bosnia.
7.45PM Double Bill
The Dream Job
Danijela Majstorovic, Croatia / Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 51 m
A Bosnian country girl comes to town to join a girls' band; she can't sing, but she is young and beautiful. A tragicomic critique on the position of women in entertainment cut with interviews with different generations of female singers, it leaves room for the audience to come up with their own conclusions.
Plus at 8.55PM
Danis Tanovic, France / Belgium / Italy / Japan, 98 m
Sophie, Celine and Anne are sisters. They live in Paris, but rarely meet. When the mysterious Sebastian appears and starts to take an interest in Celine, a long-hidden family secret brings the sisters together. This lush drama is a change of pace for the Oscar-winning director of No Man's Land. With Emmanuelle Beart and Carole Bouquet.