FNE at Berlinale 2016: Films from Bosnia and Herzegovina in Berlin

By Association of Filmmakers in B&H

    Latest film by Danis Tanović to premiere in the competition programme of the 66th Berlinale!

    Film DEATH IN SARAJEVO by Danis Tanović, which was shot during the month of May the previous year, will have its premiere at the Competition Program of Berlin Film Festival.

    Film, produced by Amra Bakšić Čamo of SCCA/pro.ba and Margo Cinema from Paris, and co-produced by Adis Đapo, was inspired by a play written by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy „Hotel Europe“. French actor Jacques Weber is acting in a film accompanied by Bosnian actors Izudin Bajrović, Snežana Vidović, Vedrana Seksan, Muhamed Hadžović, Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić, Aleksandar Seksan, Boris Ler, Rijad Gvozden, Edin Avdagić, Amar Selimović, Luna Zimić-Mijović, Milan Pavlović and Alija Aljović.

    Some of the authors involved in the project include Erol Zubčević (Director of Photography), Redžinald Šimek (Editor), Mirza Tahirović (Music), Samir Fočo (Sound Designer), Ina Arnautalić and Hatidža Nuhić (Costume Designers), Mirna Ler (Production Design), Lamija Hadžihasanović-Homorač (Make-up Artist) and Timka Grahić (Casting Manager).

    For the reminder, film AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF IRON PICKER, that was directed by Danis Tanović and premiered at Berlinale in 2013, was awarded with two Silver Bears (for best film and for the best actor – Nazif Mujić) and received the prize of the Ecumenical Jury. 

    Screenings of Death in Sarajevo:

    Mon Feb 15,16:00, Berlinale Palast (G, E)
    Tue Feb 16, 09:30, Friedrichstadt-Palast (G, E)
    Tue Feb 16, 12:30, Haus der Berliner Festspiele (G, E)        
    Thu Feb 18, 22:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele (G, E)        
    Sun Feb 21, 20:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele (G, E)


    After the great news that DEATH IN SARAJEVO by Danis Tanović will be competing for Golden Bear, more good news is coming from Berlin.

    Feature length project SREBRENICA by Jasmila Žbanić will be presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market, while Marko Šipka will be participating at Doc Station with his feature documentary project THE LAND.

    Film SREBRENICA, in financing phase at the moment, deals with massacre in Srebrenica and will center on a story of UN intepretor Hasan Nuhanović, who was stationed in the town in July of 1995. His family was amongst 5,000 civilians joining 25,000 refugees seeking refuge in UN base in Potočari. Nuhanović had to tell them to leave the base, without understanding he is translating their death sentence by doing that.

    More than 300 projects applied for Berlinale Co-Production Marketa and only 20 were selected, SREBRENICA amongst them. In Berlin, Žbanić will have an opportunity to meet potential partners from all over the world and compete for one of three awards: Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (20,000 EUR), VFF Highlight Pitch Award (10,000 EUR) i ARTE International Prize (7,000).

    Film THE LAND by Marko Šipka is dealing with relationship between a (wo)man and the nature, by telling the story of an old lady who, in remote mountain village, amidst abandoned and broken-down houses, finds harmony in her solitude and nature.

    Doc Station is one of the programmes existing as part of Berlinale Talents, summit and networking platform for young and perspective film and television authors from all over the world. This year 2,761 applications from all over the world arrived and only 300 participants were selected; 40 of them for programs for projects development (Script Station, Doc Station, Short Film Station, Talent Project Market).

    During the Doc Stationa Šipka will have an opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with two different mentors, prepare his project for presentation, and to meet potential co-producers after the public pitch. For the reminder, this project was already successfully presented as part of Ex Oriente Film program and Zoran Galić, the producer, was awarded EAVE Scholarship then.

    Source: Association of Filmmakers in B&H