Looking for Horses
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    Looking for Horses

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France

    2021

    88 min

    • Bosnian
    • English

    Documentary

    In search of his origins in Bosnia, Stefan Pavlovic—the film’s director—encounters Zdravko, a solitary fisherman. Stefan lost his mother tongue due to a language impairment; Zdravko lost his hearing during the Bosnian war. With a mutual understanding and empathy that go beyond difficulties of elocution and hearing, the two men become close friends. They fish together in the middle of an artificial lake where the borders between water, sky and land merge, as do languages and memories. For one man, these landscapes evoke those of his lost native tongue and, for the other, those of the silence in which he took refuge after the war. The filmmaker films the beginnings of this friendship and this moving encounter between two generations, divided by a conflict. The camera moves from hand to hand and becomes an object that enables the protagonists to express themselves beyond words. Looking for Horses explores the connections between language and traumas through inspired and sensitive formal choices.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Award - Sarajevo FF
    • Burning Lights Competition Prize - Visions du Réel

    Festivals

    Sales
    LIGHTDOX
    Production
    ARTTRACE
    Production
    ARTTRACE

    Press

    Pavlovic’s gentle, thoughtful documentary captures the growing bond between the filmmaker and a solitary fisherman living with the aftermath of the Bosnian conflict.

    Screen Daily

    Stefan Pavlović

    Stefan Pavlović

    Netherlands

    Stefan Pavlović is a filmmaker based in Amsterdam. His latest film LOOKING FOR HORSES (2021) was selected at Visions du Reel.