OUT OF BOSNIA / CINEMA EVENTS
Bosnia, one of the most prolific centres of film production in the former Yugoslavia, has a strong tradition of film-making and a history of award-winning directors. A brief burst of productions in the 1960s known as the Black Wave were the first to dissect power, deceit and corruption under Communism (Bato Cengic's The Role Of My Family in the World Revolution, for example) but a state clampdown resulted in a return to more traditional action thrillers extolling wartime resistance (Hajrudin Krvavac's Walter Defends Sarajevo). Less overtly political cinema emerged after the death of Tito in 1980, notably the work of Emir Kusturica, which achieved worldwide acclaim and numerous awards (Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, When Father Was Away On Business). The war and siege of Sarajevo between 1992-1995 curbed feature film production in newly-independent Bosnia, but inspired innumerable shorts and documentaries, among them members of the Sarajevo Group of Authors (SaGA), that gave impressive testimony to the lives, suffering and human spirit of ordinary people. The first post-war feature was Perfect Circle by Ademir Kenovic, a multi-award winner, and No Man's Land by Danis Tanovic consolidated the resurgence of cinema from Bosnia when it was given an Oscar this year for Best Foreign Language film.

Feature films, shorts and documentaries will give an overview of Bosnian cinema from its pre-war days including works by Ivica Matic and Mirza Idrizovic, to recent productions by young directors such as Srdjan Vuletic and Jasmila Zbanic. The doyen of Bosnian cinema, Bato Cengic, will be present after the screenings of his films on 20 September to answer questions - chaired by Dina Iordanova, author of Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media and Emir Kusturica.

OUT OF BOSNIA is part of a longer season of the arts from Bosnia-Herzegovina continuing until early 2003 with the ICA's 'Sarajevo-London'. The Festival was launched in May 2002 with a concert by the fabulous musicians of Mostar Sevdah Reunion at the South Bank Centre.

All film programmes (one feature and one short film) are priced at 5.50 (4.50 concessions)

The Man who Exchanged his Home for a Tunnel
(Covjek koji je zamijenio kucu za tunel)

6.30pm Friday 20 September
(Elmir Jukic , Bosnia-Herzegovina 2001)
10 mins, subtitles.


During the siege of Sarajevo it was impossible for supplies to be brought into the starving city due to the Bosnian Serb artillery positions on the encircling hills. In January 1993 the people of Sarajevo began to dig a relief tunnel beneath the airport to territory controlled by the Bosnian government - a difficult and dangerous task. This documentary tells the tale.

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Woman in a Landscape (Zena sa krajolikom)
6.40pm Friday 20 September
(Ivica Matic, Yugoslavia , 1976)
68 m, subtitles

16 mm colour A self-taught naive painter attracts the attention of a local married woman. Their liaison upsets the balance of their community and puts them into conflict with their neighbours. A beautifully shot film with great feeling for painting and the surrounding landscape.

Mona Lisa from Sarajevo
8.00pm Friday 20 September
(Bato Cengic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1999)
28 mins, no dialogue

Overlaid with a haunting jazz score, Cengic's fantastic war diary filmed during the siege of Sarajevo juxtaposes images of the destruction of the city and the mechanics of war with the creative life of its artists, which continues to pulse regardless.

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The Role of my Family in the World Revolution
(Uloga moje porodice u svjetskoj revoluciji)

8.35pm Friday 20 September
(Bato Cengic, Yugoslavia 1971)

The two Marxes, Karl and Groucho, are the main sources of inspiration for this film, where the private world of the family and the national revolution of 1945 collide. Cengic's dissection of Yugoslav socialism was censored by the authorities and he worked little over the following decade.

86m, subtitles

The doyen of Bosnian cinema, and one of its most prolific film-makers, Bato Cengic will be present to answer questions after the screenings, introduced and chaired by Dina Iordanova, author of 'Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media' and 'Emir Kusturica'.

A Trip to the Moon (Put na mjesec)
3.30pm Saturday 21 September
(Srdjan Vuletic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1998)
14m subtitles

Aleksandar, a petty swindler from Sarajevo, gets the chance to be what he always dreamt of. An earlier short by the award-winning director of Hop, Skip and Jump.

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Walter Defends Sarajevo (Valter brani Sarajevo)
3.45pm Saturday 21 September
(Hajrudin Krvavac, Yugoslavia, 1972)
132m subtitles

Towards the end of the WW2, Sarajevo became an important intelligence centre for the German defence in the Balkans. Walter defends Sarajevo is an exiting action-spy story about the Sarajevo underground resistance under its leader, intelligence officer Vladimir Peri, doing its best to thwart the plans of the Gestapo.

Strange Trade (Cudan Pazar)
6.15pm Saturday 21 September
(Danijela Gogic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2000)
18m, subtitles

Life seems simple at the beginning of the wedding day of two young Bosnians, but a strange offer changes their ideas.

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The Scent of Quinces (Miris Dunja)
6.35pm Saturday 21 September
(Mirza Idrizovic, Yugoslavia, 1982)
100m, subtitles.


The story of a close-knit Muslim family in the early days of the World War Two. Split apart in the chaos of war, the family find themselves on three different sides. It is only a young Jewish girl, Luna, who is able to bear witness to their fate.

Hop, Skip and Jump
8.30pm Saturday 21 September
(Srdjan Vuletic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2000)
16m, subtitles


A couple part during the Olympic Games in Sarajevo in 1984. Nine years later, they find themselves in opposing camps during the siege of the city. She is a sniper in the Bosnian Serb Army, he a pathetic victim she sees through his window. His only source of nourishment are the pigeons he manages to trap. She has him in her sights and starts toying with him. Every time a pigeon approaches his trap, she shoots it dead. This happens a few times, until finally he loses his patience. He goes over to the window and offers himself up as a perfect target... A multiple award winner.

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Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Sjecas li se Dolly Bell?)
8.45pm Saturday 21 September
(Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1981)
108 m, subtitles

A rare chance to the film that brought Kusturica to international attention. A sheltered young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father. As Communist society becomes more liberal, he becomes attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young prostitute and he falls in love with her. Venice Golden Lion winner in 1981.

The End of the Unpleasant Times (Kraj doba neprijatnosti)
1pm Sunday 22 September
(Pjer Zalica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1998)
18m, subtitles

Zaim, an old man, lives abandoned and alone and wants to change his situation. He falls for his neighbour Munevera and although she shows no interest in him at all, there is someone else that does.

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When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na sluzbenom putu)
1.20pm Sunday 22 September
(Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1985 )
150 min, subtitles.


Tito's break with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of confusing and dangerous years for many Yugoslav communists. Mesha is a successful civil servant, but a careless remark about a newspaper cartoon is enough to send him to prison. The story is told from the perspective of Malik, his young son, who believes his mother's story about father being "away on business". Cannes Palme d'Or winner in 1985.

MGM Sarajevo: Man, God, The Monster
4.15pm Sunday 22 September
(Trilogy; Ademir Kenovic, Pjer Zalica, Mirza Idrizovic, Ismet Arnautalic and Ademir Kenovic, Bosnia- Herzegovina 1994)
93m

A trilogy made by the SaGA group of Sarajevo directors during the war and continuing siege of the city, and profoundly marked by the sense of a future then unknown. Together the films form an astonishing picture of the fight to survive and preserve the civilisation of the Sarajevo.

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Perfect Circle (Savrseni krug)
6pm Sunday 22 September
(Ademir Kenovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina 1995)
108m, subtitles

Sarajevo during the siege. A weary suicidal poet, Hamza, whose family has left the city, rediscovers his humanity while caring for two homeless brothers. The search for the boys' aunt revives Hamza's desire to live and starts to create a powerful bond between them. A deeply moving testimony to ordinary people who are caught in the middle of a war not of their making

Red Rubber Boots (Crvene gumene cizme)
8pm Sunday 22 September
(Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia-Herzegovia 2000)
18m subtitles

An understated but beautiful film about a mother who is searching for the bodies of her two young children killed by the Bosnian Serb Army during the Bosnian war. She is unable to rest until she finds the red rubber boots worn by her son when he was taken from her because she knows they won't disintegrate. Joining the State Commission for Missing Persons, she travels ceaselessly from mass grave to mass grave desperate to see what the Missing Persons Team unearth.

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No Man's Land (Nicija zemlja)
8.20pm Sunday 22 September
(Danis Tanovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina 2001)
98m

Three Bosnian soldiers, divided by politics and war, find themselves united in a battle for survival in a trench in no man's land. When the international press corps descend on the scene, UN forces, under a suavely cynical British colonel, carry out a damage limitation exercise as the situation threatens to spirals out of control. A darkly comic satire, not only on the war in Bosnia, but on the absurdity of modern conflict. Winner of the 2002 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and many other awards.