French films at the Sarajevo Film Festival

French films at the Sarajevo Film Festival - Agnès b. et le directeur du festival, Mirsad Purivatra

A clutch of French films were presented during the 20th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, among which the debut feature by Agnès b., cofounder of the event.

The 20th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia-Herzegovina) took place from August 15 through 22, 2014. Béla Tarr was this year's president and the guests of honor were the Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic, and the French filmmaker Agnès b., one of the festival's founders, who came to present her debut feature My Name is Hmmm...

Ten French films were presented across all the sections, among which the new version of The Search, warmly received by 3000 people at its open air screening and in the presence of its director, Michel Hazanavicius, and star, Bérénice Bejo.

Other French titles selected included the latest Cannes Camera d'or winner Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, and Samuel Theis, Love at First Fight by Thomas Cailley, Eat Your Bones by Jean-Charles Hue, Li'l Quinquin by Bruno Dumont, Ernest & Celestine by Benjamin Renner, Tante Hilda ! by Benoît Chieux and Jacques-Rémy Girerd, and the short film Cambodia 2099 by Davy Chou

At the European Commission's invitation and within the context of the regional forum and the CineLink film market in Sarajevo, on August 22, the report "Pour une politique européenne d’éducation au cinéma" by Xavier Lardoux, president of Unifrance, was presented.

The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film was awarded to Song of my Mother by Erol Mintas (Turkey, France, Germany) and the Special Jury Prize Brides by Tinatin Kajrishvili (Georgia, France).

It is worth noting that in 2013 Béla Tarr created a film school in Sarajevo, the Film Factory, which caters for twenty students from around the world and which welcomes many guest filmmakers (Gus Van Sant, Carlos Reygadas, Cristian Mungiu, Jim Jarmusch, Claire Denis…) who come to share their knowledge.

Article by  Grégory Alexandre

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