Bosnian Cinema: War & Peace
Thursday, 27 October, 2005:
BOSNIAN CINEMA: WAR & PEACE.
27 – 30 October 2005
Riverside Studios, London
The Bosnian Institute presents a season of films from Bosnia-Herzegovina and other events. Since the end of the war in 1995 Bosnian cinema has seen a remarkable resurgence, regaining its reputation for creative film-making and winning major international awards. Inevitably, a major preoccupation of the new Bosnian cinema is war and its aftermath. The season sets contemporary production in context with an accompanying selection of very different pre-war films on the same theme. The season also celebrates ten years of Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF): born in the midst of war, screening its first programme in October 1995, SFF has grown to be an influential international festival.
The season is organized by The Bosnian Institute, in partnership with Riverside Studios, London Film Academy, the British Council Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kinoteka Bosne i Hercegovine.
Bosnian Cinema: War & Peace is funded by The Bosnian Institute, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the National Lottery through the UK Film Council and Film London Regional Investment Fund for England with the support of the Embassy of Bosnia & Herzegovina, London and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia & Herzegovina
For tickets contact:
London W6 9RL
Box Office: 020 8237 1111
Ticket prices: all film double/triple bills or events £6.50 (£5.50 concessions)
For further information contact:
The Bosnian Institute
14-16 St Mark’s Road
Tel: 020 7243 2900
Fax: 020 7243 8874
For full programme see below or click on the link at the bottom of the page for an illustrated brochure.
BOSNIAN CINEMA: WAR & PEACE
THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER
8.30PM Double Bill
(Ahmed Imamovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2002)
10 m, sub-titles
1994: Imamovic contrasts ten minutes in the life of a Japanese tourist in Rome with the bloody drama of a Bosnian family taking place at the same time less than an hour away in the besieged city of Sarajevo
Plus at 9.05PM
DAYS AND HOURS
(KOD AMIDŽE IDRIZA)
(Pjer Žalica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2004)
Fuke pays a visit to his Uncle Idriz and Aunt Sabira to fix their hot water heater. He finds them consumed with grief over the loss of their son in the war and nursing long-held grudges against each other. It is up to Fuke to reconcile them. A film about the consequences and impact of war.
FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER
6.00PM Triple Bill
(Namik Kabil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2004)
Can we really ever return from the war? How much stays with us forever? Poet Faruk Sehic questions whether the pain of war can ever go away.
Plus at 6.05PM
THE DAY THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
(Veljko Bulajic, Yugoslavia, 1975)
A blockbuster starring Christopher Plummer on the events surrounding the assassination of the heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip in 1914, setting in motion the chain of events that precipitated WW1.
Plus at 8.20PM
(Pjer Žalica, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Austria/Turkey/France, 2003)
A tragi-comedy of post-war Bosnia. The little town of Tešanj is expecting a visit from President Clinton and its citizens have one week to prepare, supervised by condescending representatives of the international community. But an explosive mixture of crime, corruption, ethnic intolerance and pain is bubbling to the surface.
Followed by a Q & A with director Pjer Žalica. Interviewed by Laura Mulvey.
SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER
LONDON FILM ACADEMY MASTERCLASS: Pjer Žalica
PANEL DISCUSSION: The role of film in Bosnia as an important social commentator, informing public debate on issues arising from the war and its aftermath and as an agent in the reintegration of society both locally and regionally: with Mirsad Purivatra, director of Sarajevo Film Festival, Pjer Žalica and other guests. Chaired by award-winning film-maker and journalist Fiona Lloyd-Davies.
5.45PM Double Bill
FIRST DEATH EXPERIENCE
(PRVO SMRTNO ISKUSTVO)
(Aida Begic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2002)
Dado can’t replace his lost identity documents because records show he was killed during the war. He knows he’s alive, but no-one but a nine-year old boy will vouch for him. Dado writes comic strips and soon the reality of the strips seems preferable to the reality of post-war Bosnia.
Plus at 6.20PM
(Bato Cengic, Yugoslavia,1990)
Set in a Bosnian Serb mountain village in WW2, this is a dark tale of neighbours divided in their support for the Communist Partisans and the royalist Chetniks. Made on the eve of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the film prefigures the war in Bosnia that erupted in 1992. With music by Goran Bregovic.
8.30PM Double Bill
(Dejan Strika, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2003)
The central characters' desire for a better, or at least a normal life is frustrated by the corrupt society they live in, drawing them into a world of crime and drugs.
Plus at 9.00PM
SUMMER IN GOLDEN VALLEY
(LJETO U ZLATNOJ DOLINI)
(Srdjan Vuletic, Bosnia-Herzegovina/France/UK, 2003)
16 year old Fikret seems quite ordinary until his father dies and the funeral ceremony is disrupted by the arrival of Hamid who claims the dead man owes him a large sum of money. Determined to redeem his father's memory by paying the debt, Fikret becomes entangled in the brutal chaos and corruption of post-war Sarajevo and his innocence soon evaporates.
SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER
12.30PM Double Bill
BOY FROM A WAR MOVIE
(DJECAK IZ RATNOG FILMA)
(Semsudin Gegic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2004)
The story of 10 year-old Alen, born and abandoned in the Bosnian war, the child of a woman who was raped by a Serb soldier.
Plus at 1.00PM
(Hajrudin Krvavac, Yugoslavia, 1969)
To stop a German offensive in WW2 the Partisans send an elite team of explosive experts to blow up a strategically important bridge. Besides being heavily guarded, the bridge is almost indestructible. The only man who knows its weak spots is the architect who built it – but he is reluctant to destroy his masterpiece.
3.05PM Double Bill
THE WAY WE PLAYED
(Samir Mehanovic, UK, 2005)
On the eve of war in Bosnia Stevo and Ramiz search for treasure in an ancient fortress; that night they witness events that will change their lives forever.
Plus at 3.25PM
THE BATTLE OF NERETVA
(BITKA NA NERETVI)
(Veljko Bulajic, Yugoslavia, 1969)
This epic WW2 drama with an all-star international cast (including Yul Brynner and Orson Welles) was the biggest production in Europe at the time. In 1943 Hitler orders the final destruction of the Yugoslav Partisans. The Partisans begin a trek northward to the relative safety of the Bosnian mountains – their goal to cross the treacherous Neretva gorge over one remaining bridge.
6.30PM Double Bill
IMAGES FROM THE CORNER
(SLIKE SA UGLA)
(Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2033)
Zbanic narrates the experience of a friend who was seriously wounded during the Bosnian war while a foreign photographer stood by snapping pictures.
Plus at 6.55PM
NO MAN’S LAND
(Danis Tanovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Slovenia/Italy/France/UK/Belgium, 2001)
Three Bosnian soldiers, divided by politics and war, find themselves united in a battle for survival in a trench in no man’s land. The international press corps descends on the scene while UN forces try to carry out damage limitation when the situation threatens to spiral out of control. A darkly comic satire that won the 2002 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
8.55PM Double Bill
COUNTERPOINT FOR HER
(KONTRAPUNKT ZA NJU)
(Danijela Majstorovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2004)
A young Bosnian woman is sold into prostitution in Italy by her brother’s best friend in 1992, prefiguring the post-war expansion of sex trafficking in Bosnia.
Plus at 9.25PM
CHEESE AND JAM
(KAJMAK I MARMELADA)
(Branko Djuric, Slovenia, 2003)
90 min, sub-titles
The film traces the story of a Bosnian dumped by his hardworking Slovenian girlfriend who finds there are only two jobs open to him – dressing up as Mickey Mouse and people-smuggling across the Italian border. A witty cross-cultural black comedy that was a smash hit in Slovenia by Bosnian director/actor Branko Djuric.
Click on the link below to download a full brochure and schedule
Attachment: Bosnian Film Season brochure.pdf
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