SARAJEVO: Three world premieres and three debut features are among the seven titles selected for the main competition of the new edition of Sarajevo Film Festival, set to take place from 11 to 18 August 2017.
The main programme also includes two feature films out of the competition - the awaited animated film Birds Like Us / Ptice kao mi, directed by Faruk Šabanović and Amela Ćuhara which participated in the CineLink Work in Progress section of Sarajevo FF in 2015 and Men Don’t Cry / Muškarcine plaču, directed by Alen Drljević.
Feature Film Competition Programme:
Daybreak / Dita zë fill (Albania, Greece), World premiere, debut featureDirected by Gentian Koçi
Grain (Turkey, Germany, France, Sweden, Qatar), World premiereDirected by Semih Kaplanoğlu
Meda or The Not So Bright Side of Things / Meda sau partea nu prea fericită a lucrurilor (Romania), World premiere, debut featureDirected by Emanuel PârvuProduced by FAMart Productions Coproduced by DaKINO Productions, Ceramus Film
Directions / Posoki (Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia), Regional premiereDirected by Stephan KomandarevProduced by Argo Film Coproduced by Aktis Film Production, Sector Film Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Bulgarian National Television, the German Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), the Macedonian Film Agency and Eurimages
Hostages / Mdzevlebi (Russia, Georgia, Poland), Regional premiereDirected by Rezo GigineishviliProduced by INK TV and NEBO Film CompanyCoproduced by 20 Steps Productions, Extreme Emotions
Scary Mother / Sashishi deda (Georgia), Regional premiere, debut featureDirector: Ana UrushadzeProduced by Studio ArtizmCoproduced by GeminiSupported by the Georgian National Film Center
Son of Sofia / O gios tis Sofias (Greece, France, Bulgaria), Regional premiereDirected by Elina PsykouProduced by Heretic Coproduced by KinoElektron (France), Chouchkov BrothersSupported by Eurimages, the Greek Film Centre, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe, ERT, Berlinale Residency
Out of Competition – Gala Screenings:
Birds Like Us / Ptice kao mi (Bosnia and Herzegovina, UK, Turkey, USA), Debut featureDirected by Faruk Šabanović, Amela ĆuharaProduced by Prime Time Coproduced by Fork Film, AutonomousSupported by the Turkish Television (TRT), Telecom Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian Film Fund
Men Don’t Cry / Muškarcine plaču (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany), Debut featureDirected by Alen DrljevićProduced by Deblokada SarajevoCoproduced by Iridium Film, This and That, Menderley Films, Produkcija Živa and CineplanetSupported by Foundation of Cinematography Sarajevo, the Slovenian Film Centre, ZDF/Arte TV, MEDIA, Ministry of Culture and Sport of Kanton Sarajevo, CineLink Market