Bridges of Sarajevo
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    Bridges of Sarajevo

    Les Ponts de Sarajevo

    Directed by

    France, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria

    2014

    114 min

    • French
    • German
    • Russian
    • Bosnian
    • Italian

    Animation, Documentary, Drama

    Cannes IFF - Special Screenings

    13 Europeans directors explore the theme of Sarajevo: what this city represents in the last hundred years of European History, and what Sarajevo incarnates today in Europe. From different generations and origins, these eminent filmmakers offer many singular styles and visions. François Schuiten, the famous Belgian comic book artist, has imagined animated cartoon links in between these films, a metaphoric transposition in his graphically luxuriant world of the emblematic bridges of the city of Sarajevo.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Julian Atanassov
    Simon Beaufils
    Luca Bigazzi
    Duccio Cimatti
    Diego Dussuel
    Reinhold Vorschneider
    Editing
    Carlotta Cristiani
    Jelena Maksimovic
    Massimiliano Pacifico
    Xavier Sirven
    Music
    Kaloyan Dimitrov
    Sales
    INDIE SALES
    Production
    SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL
    Production
    CINETEVE

    Press

    A high-minded collection of short films.

    Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

    Sergei Loznitsa

    Sergei Loznitsa

    Ukraine

    Sergei Loznitsa was born on September 5 th 1964. He grew up in Kiev (Ukraine), and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 Sergei worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature filmmaking.
    He has been making documentary films since 1996, and by now he has directed 19 award-winning documentaries.
    Loznitsa’s feature debut MY JOY (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes, and was followed by the feature film IN THE FOG (2012), which was awarded FIPRESCI prize at the 65 th Festival de Cannes. In 2017, Sergei Loznitsa presented his third feature A GENTLE CREATURE in the competition of the Festival de Cannes. In 2018, Loznitsa received the prize for Best Directing of the Un Certain Regard section of Festival de Cannes for his fourth feature film, DONBASS.
    In 2013 Sergei Loznitsa founded a film production company ATOMS & VOID.
    Sergei Loznitsa’s feature-length documenatry MAIDAN (2014), the chronicles of the Ukrainian revolution, had its world premiere at a Séance Special of Festival de Cannes. His subsequent feature length documentaries, THE EVENT (2015) and AUSTERLITZ (2016) were presented at the Special Screenings of the Venice Film Festival.
    He continues to work both in documentary and feature genres.

    Kamen Kalev

    Kamen Kalev

    Bulgaria

    I want the film to be funny, full of music - dramatic, frenetic, trivial - I want it to crackle like fireworks.

    Kamen Kalev was born in Burgas, Bulgaria in 1975. He graduated from the Femis Film School, Paris in 2002. Kamen’s short films ORPHEUS and MALTONIUS OLBREN were presented and received awards at many international films festival such as Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand, NY Film Festival, Locarno, Stockholm... His short GET THE RABBIT BACK was in competition in Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Two years later, his last short RABBIT TROUBLES was again selected at the International Critic’s Week in Cannes. He directed over 60 commercials and a number of music videos. EASTERN PLAYS is his first feature film. His film FEBRUARY (2020) was selected at Sofia Meetings 2020.

    Selected Filmography

    Ursula Meier

    Ursula Meier

    Switzerland

    "I like the marginal characters in movies, that they don't look like other people, that they feel out of the world, they feel differently."

    Swiss and French, Ursula Meier studied filmmaking in Belgium. She then began her directing career with successful short films and documentaries. Her feature debut HOME premiered in the 2008 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, was nominated for three Césars in 2009 and won awards including the Swiss Film Prize for Best Fiction Film. SISTER won a Special Award Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale. In 2014, she was involved in the omnibus film BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO which was presented in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. SHOCK WAVES - DIARY OF MY MIND screened in the Panorama Special section of the Berlinale 2018.

    Selected Filmography

    Aida Begic

    Aida Begic

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    I know the importance [of making movies] from the war years... We did have the need for art, it makes us human.

    Aida Begic was born in Sarajevo. Her graduation film PRVO SMRTNO ISKUSTVO/FISRT DEATH EXPERIENCE was presented at The Cinéfondation Official Selection of the Cannes FF. Her debut feature SNIJEG/SNOW was premiered at Cannes 2008, Semaine de la Critique where it won the Grand Prix. SNOW was nominated for a European Academy Film Award, Discovery Section. In 2009 she founded an independent production company Film House. Her 2nd feature film DJECA/CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO premiered in Un Certain Regard, Official Selection of the Cannes FF 2012 where it won Special Distinction of the Jury. She wrote and directed short film ALBUM, part of omnibus Bridges of Sarajevo that had its world premiere as Official Selection of the Cannes FF in Special Screening section. Aida Begic is professor at The Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo and she is member of AMPAS (American Motion Picture and Science Academy), EFA (European Film Academy), SACD (French Association for Cinema Authors) and UFRBiH (Bosnian Film Society). Her 3rd feature film BIRAKMA BENI/NEVER LEAVE ME, about Syrian orphans, is screened and awarded at many festivals around the world. Her latest project A BALLAD was selected at CineLink Work in Progress 2021.

    Selected Filmography

    Leonardo Di Costanzo

    Leonardo Di Costanzo

    Italy

    I come from the documentary world, and I used those same methods in my work and research...ultimately, developing a dramaturgy and finding a guiding thread for these many stories was a lot like editing a film.

    Leonardo Di Costanzo was born in Ischia, and lives between Paris and Naples. He teaches at the famous Atelier Varans in Paris and has directed many documentaries, which have been presented and have won various prizes in some of the most important international festivals. THE INTERVAL (2012) premiered at the Venice IFF, where it won 7 awards, and then played at Toronto IFF and many more. THE INTRUDER (2017) premiered at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and was awarded at the Seville FF and Cairo IFF. His latest film THE INNER CAGE (2021) was selected at Venice IFF.

    Selected Filmography

    Cristi Puiu

    Cristi Puiu

    Romania

    Cristi Puiu was born in Bucharest in 1967. A a student in the Painting Department of the Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Visuels in Geneva, he shot several short films and documentaries in the 1990s. After he returned to Romania, he continues to paint and co-wrote screenplays with Razvan Radulescu and Lucian Pintilie. In 2001, he made his first feature film, STUFF AND DOUHH, a road movie filmes with a hand-held camera in a near documentary style. The film was selectes at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes and received several awards in international film festivals, notably the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. After being awarded the Golden Bear for Best Short Film in Berlin in 2004 for CIGARETTES AND COFFEE, Cristi Puiu shot THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, which won the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes in 2005, as well as many other awards. Cristi Puiu’s third feature film, AURORA - the second installment of the Six Stories from the 'Outskirts of Bucharest' series - premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard section.

    Selected Filmography

    Marc Recha

    Marc Recha

    Spain

    Marc Recha was born in 1970 at Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona). An autodidact, he started looking at the world through a lens in his childhood. After many shorts, he directed six films which made him renowned at major festivals. His first feature, EL CIELO SUBE (1991) was selected for Locarno, as was L’ARBRE DE LES CIRERES, the Prix Fipresci in 1998. In 2001 the Festival de Cannes selected PAU I EL SEU GERMA in competition, then in 2003 in Un Certain Regard, WHERE IS MADAME CATHERINE?, a film showing once more his attachment to Catalonia. Marc Recha continues exploring his relationship with his brother David by playing alongside him in DIES D'AGOST(2005), which was in competition in Locarno. PETIT INDI was released in France in February 2010. He participated in BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO (2014), before presenting his latest film, A PERFECT DAY TO FLY (2015), selected at the San Sebastián IFF. In 2017, his latest feature, LA VIDA ILIURE, was presented at the 55th Gijon IFF.

    Selected Filmography