The festival in Sarajevo is first and foremost a festival for feature films. Big names – actors and directors – have during the years visited the city’s festival that this year can celebrate its 19th edition. However, due to hard work from Rada Sesic, well-known director, programmer, critic and tutor, the festival now also, since 2006, includes a competitive documentary programme.
The 2013 programme (August 16-24) has been announced. Around 20 films have been selected by Sesic, of course from Bosnia-Hercegovina, but also from Macedonia (by the Greek called F.Y.R.O.M), Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, Azerbaijan, Romania and Hungary.
From the many premieres, I have seen two of the films, which the festival audience can look forward to watch:
”Here… I mean there” by Laura Capatana, 73 mins., a touching story from a Romanian town about two sisters, whose parents work in Spain. Over years the director has followed the girls and their development and struggles with themselves. In the house where they live with their sweet granny.
”Regina” by Diana Groo, 63 mins. about the first female rabbi Regina Jonas, a great achievement from the side of the director, who had one photo of her main character to work from – the one you see.
Lots to look forward to, also for this blogger who has been invited to be a tutor at the so-called rough-cut-boutique, an industry event for documentary makers.