Seventy-year-old Sena lives in the projection booth of a movie theatre in Sarajevo. Everything she does, aside from the everyday domestic necessities and a few visits including those of a certain Sasha, a charming young man who is broke, no doubt, and Ilija, who is a little older (male characters, of course, with flagrant though muffled novelistic resonances) is watching films from the Yugoslav cinema repertoire. The excerpts offered to us on screen all feature actresses like Eva Rus, mentioned in the title, though she is not the only one tracing connections between all of these works. We understand quickly enough that all of these citations are put together as if to tell, bit by bit, Sena’s imagined biography, and, more generally, a whole country’s life too: its expectations, its fears, pain, and struggles. Obviously this is where André Gil’s ambition lies: in this passage from the inside, in a confined place, a condition of projection, to the open space set in motion through landscapes and the film’s action, a passage from tenuous dream-work to the transformed fruits of its imaginings. But it is especially the utopia of extremely connected vessels, between this thin inside and this fictional outside, that the film tries to give life to and, without a doubt, in one of its most compelling scenes in which bed sheets are stretched out to dry inside the booth, lets an echo, splendid and immaculate, resonate onto the theatre’s white screen.
- Grand Prix Special Mention - FID Marseille
- Sena Mujanovic
- Dragan Kostic
- Sasha Skoko
- Nur Coric
- Tija Zubanovic
- André Gil Mata
- André Gil Mata
- Tomás Baltazar
I believe that the faster our daily life goes nowadays, probably the only way to find our inner time is inside a cinema, because film has that possibility of shaping time, and maybe these places can be our cathedrals, where we can be with ourselves, question ourselves, our behaviour, and think about our true existence.
André Gil Mata was born in 1978. Gil Mata obtained his master degree in film direction in 2012, at Lisbon Theatre and Film School and finished his PhD at Film Factory (Sarajevo) in 2016. He is one of the founders of the Portuguese photography and cinema laboratory Átomo 47. His short-film, GRAVEDIGGER, won the Mèlies d'Argent and CAPTIVITY, his first feature-length documentary won the DocAlliance Award at Cannes, in 2013. His latest film, THE TREE, premiered in Forum Berlinale.