The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) will screen a total of 14 films during its twelfth annual event, taking place May 21-23 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. The program features four feature films, four short films, and six documentaries, and it is divided into eight blocks.
Day 2 will screen four films: "Bad Blood," "Pretty Village," "On the Verge" and "The Bridges of Sarajevo." Their synopses are below.
Legend: S = Short film; DF = Documentary Feature; DS = Documentary Short; F = Feature.
"Bad Blood" (DS) - directed by Rialda Zukić
Filmmaker Rialda Zukić returns to her birthplace of Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina to document what her life could have been had she stayed there after the war. While in Srebrenica, she discovers that younger generations of Serbs and Bosniaks are still entrenched in the hostilities of a war long past.
"Bad Blood" is Rialda Zukić’s first documentary. She was drawn to eastern Bosnia after fleeing the region during the war in 1992 as a young child. She has produced work for PBS NewsHour Weekend and the Bowling Green Daily News.
The screening will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A session with Zukić.
"Pretty Village" (DF) - directed by Dave Evans
Twenty years after the end of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, concentration camp survivor Kemal Pervanić returns to his northwestern Bosnian village to find a community still at war with itself.
Extending beyond the realm of one Bosnian village near Prijedor, "Pretty Village" tells the universal story of the consequences of conflict on communities and friendships caught in the middle.
Director Dave Evans is an experienced film and TV director who has also worked on stage.
"On the Verge" (DS) - directed by Fanny Hagmeier
"On the Verge" is an essayistic portrait of Sarajevo. It shows personal reflections of the profound effect the city has on the filmmaker, while the city is undergoing several changes in early 2014, from the historic protests, to the historic flooding.
Director Fanny Hagmeier is a German visual artist whose work revolves around rather extreme physical experiences. She approaches her topics in a documentarian way - as authenticity and connecting close to the people is essential for her. She is fascinated about how versatile the body appears in adapting to constantly changing environments.
"Bridges of Sarajevo" (F)- directed by 13 European directors
"Bridges of Sarajevo" is an omnibus containing 13 short films by 13 directors sewn together into one. The 13 directors are: Aida Begić, Leonardo Di Costanza, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Isild Le Besco, Sergei Loznitsa, Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perišić, Cristi Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec and Teresa Villaverde.
The film contemplates Sarajevo’s present and past, including the 1914-18 period and the more recent war period 1992-95.
The filmmakers explore what the city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe.
For more information, please visit the official BHFF website at http://bhffnyc.org/.