Tribute to Todd Solondz
The 18th Sarajevo Film Festival (6-14 July 2012) will proudly present the Tribute to Todd Solondz. This exceptional US filmmaker will be joining us in Sarajevo to present to our viewers a selection of his impressive opus that earned him a place among the most renowned directors and writers of today.
Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia", a reflection of his own background in New Jersey.
Todd Solondz (October 15, 1959) was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in the suburbs. In 1996 WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, a feature he produced, wrote, and directed, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and many other awards. In 1998, HAPPINESS, which he wrote and directed, won the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay. His next film, STORYTELLING, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and was named one of the “ten best films of the year” by THE NEW YORK TIMES.
PALINDROMES premiered in competition at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, as well as at that year’s Telluride, New York, and Toronto film festivals. LIFE DURING WARTIME won the best screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival in 2009 and numerous other awards. His latest film DARK HORSE premiered in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
In the scope of the Tribute to Programme Solondz will meet Sarajevo Film Festival audience during regular Q&A sessions following the screenings.
In previous years, Sarajevo Film Festival has hosted and presented retrospectives of world’s most prominent authors who attracted great attention of both the audiences and the media.
Guests of the Sarajevo Film Festival Tribute to Programme in previous years were:
• Steve Buscemi 2000
• Mike Leigh 2001
• Stephen Frears 2002
• Peter Mullan 2003
• Dušan Makavejev and Gaspar Noe 2004
• Alexander Payne 2005
• Abel Ferrara and Béla Tarr 2006
• Ulrich Seidl 2007
• Todd Haynes 2008
• Jia Zhang-ke 2009
• Bruno Dumont 2010
• Lucrecia Martel 2011