War Through the Eyes of
Young Directors

Pera Film’s new season starts with a selection from the cinema of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Here’s a sneak peek into the program. Find out more about the directors and their films from the program Sarajevo Now!

Arsen Anton Ostojić – Halime’s Path

Arsen Anton Ostojić takes part in Pera Film’s Sarajevo Now! program with “Halima’s Path”. Born in 1965, Ostojić studied at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and at New York University. He made his first feature film A Wonderful Night in Split in 2004: it won numerous awards and was nominated for the European Film Academy’s Discovery – Fassbinder Award in 2004.

After his second feature No One’s Son (2008), Ostojić is back to the screen with Halima’s Path which tells the tells the tragic but inspiring story of a good-natured woman Halima who tries, without success, to identify the remains of her son who was killed in the Bosnian War and buried in one of the many mass graves.

Ostojić teaches film production at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, following several teaching assignments in New York City and in Salzburg, Austria.

As part of Pera Film’s Sarajevo Now! program, “Halima’s Path” will be screened on September 16th at 19.00 and October 3rd at 15.00.

Vladimir Tomić – Flotel Europa
Born in 1980 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vladimir Tomić graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Living and working in Copenhagen, director often puts universal and human tension caused by the changing structure of society at the center of his work. Tomić takes part in Pera Film’s Sarajevo Now! program with “Flotel Europa”.

Flotel Europa is a giant ship pulled by Red Cross into the canals of Copenhagen to became a temporary home in for a thousand people waiting for decisions on their asylum applications. Among them was a 12-year-old boy, Vladimir, who fled Sarajevo with his mother and older brother.

Vladimir Tomić takes us on a journey of growing up on this ship filled with echoes of the war — and other ordeals of an adolescent. This coming-of-age story is juxtaposed with personal VHS archive material shot by refugees who shared the “space-time vacuum” of the Flotel.

Vladimir Tomić’s art films such as TRILOGY (2004), ECHO (2005), THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS (2006) ve MY LOST GENERATION (2009) are played out in the field of contemporary art and experimental documentation.

Ahmed Imamović – Belvedere

Ahmed Imamović was born in Sarajevo in 1971. He majored in Directing at Sarajevo’s Academy of Performing Arts, and has worked as cameraman, assistant director and screenwriter for documentaries and commercials. His first feature film, Go West, won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2006 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York.

In his second feature film “Belvedere”, Imamovic tells the story of a widow yearning to forget the tragedy of war, fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But unlike those around her, she spends most of her days in a bittersweet routine of caring for her extended family, and searching for the remains of her husband and son—both of which offer a precarious hope that is one day tested when her nephew is selected to participate in a reality show in a former enemy enclave.

An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, director Ahmed Imamović’s film paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.

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