‘The Guilty’s’ Gustav Möller Talks Remakes, Suspense and ‘Dog Day Afternoon’

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Danish director Gustav Möller, in Sarajevo with his international festival hit “The Guilty,” is set to continue his genre-busting work with a new project in development after turning down an offer to direct a remake of his debut film. “The Guilty” is a…

Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan on Symbolism in His Films and Being ‘Suspicious All the Time’

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Acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan discussed his career and the need for creative independence during a wide-ranging conversation Saturday at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where he is being honored with a retrospective. In an often humorous tal…

Oscar-Winner Asghar Farhadi Named Jury President of Sarajevo Film Festival

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi will head the competition jury for the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival, the festival announced Tuesday. The Iranian director is fresh off the world premiere of his latest film, “Everybody Knows,” as the opener of the …

Dealing With the Past: Sarajevo Film Festival Addresses Balkan Wars

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Two decades after the bloody Balkan wars, reconciliation in the region can still be hard to come by. The Sarajevo Film Festival is trying to do its part with Dealing with the Past, a program launched last year that comprises a festival sidebar of films dealing with the wars and their aftermath and an industry… Read more »

Supernatural Crime Thriller Project Wins HBO Europe Award at Midpoint TV Launch Program

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The Sarajevo Film Festival is proving fertile ground for TV projects thanks to the Midpoint TV Launch international script and development program, which on Wednesday culminated with the HBO Europe Award for “The Midnight Shift,” a supernatural crime thriller project. The Midpoint TV Launch program began in November with seven projects in development, mostly from… Read more »

Oliver Stone Slams Media’s ‘Extremist,’ ‘Anti-Russian Fervor’

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Presenting his latest work, “The Putin Interviews,” at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Monday, Oliver Stone took aim at the U.S. mainstream media for its inability or refusal to look beyond the established image of Russia and President Vladimir Putin. The festival honored Stone on Sunday with its Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for his… Read more »

Sarajevo: Albanian Director Gentian Koçi Breaks Ground With First Feature Film, ‘Daybreak’

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Albanian director Gentian Koçi is at the Sarajevo Film Festival for the world premiere of his first feature film, “Daybreak,” an intimate drama about an impoverished and desperate young mother who, with her child, moves in with an ailing and bedridden elderly woman. The film tells a powerful story of desperation that, according to the… Read more »

Sarajevo: Turkish Filmmaker Semih Kaplanoğlu on the Dystopian Human Condition of ‘Grain’

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Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanoğlu, who won the Golden Bear in Berlin for his 2010 film “Honey,” opens the Sarajevo Film Festival with the world premiere of “Grain.” The contemplative sci-fi drama is set in an apocalyptic future in which drought, starvation, the refugee crisis, genetic modification of crops, and human arrogance have ravaged the planet…. Read more »

HBO Adds to Europe Team Ahead of Sarajevo Film Festival

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HBO has brought in a new programming executive to bolster its original programming drive in Europe. Ana Balentovic has joined the HBO Europe team and will work up projects from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. In the new development role at HBO she will work with local talent to get original… Read more »

Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘The Other Side of Hope’ Set to Open Sarajevo Film Festival

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After winning the Silver Bear in Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s “The Other Side of Hope” will be opening the 23rd edition of Sarajevo Film Festival. “The Other Side of Hope” will screen at the National Theatre and the Raiffeisen Open Air Cinema in Sarajevo on Aug. 11. “The Other Side of Hope” marks the Finnish master’s… Read more »

Sarajevo Film Festival Premieres ‘Grain’ From Berlinale Winner Semih Kaplanoglu

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The Sarajevo Film Festival, Southeast Europe’s leading movie event, has unveiled its competition program, with the latest pic from Berlinale Golden Bear winner Semih Kaplanoglu among the world premieres. Turkey’s Kaplanoglu, who won Berlin’s top prize with “Honey,” delivers “Grain,” a dystopian tale set in a society dominated by global corporations in which a genetic… Read more »

Sarajevo Film Festival Reworks Format to Maximize Synergies

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The Sarajevo Film Festival, the leading movie event for Southeast Europe, has reformatted its structure for the 23rd edition, which runs Aug. 11-18, in order to re-affirm its position as a “must-attend” international event. The festival, which was set up in 1995 in the midst of the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, will… Read more »