World Premiere of "Bridges of Sarajevo" Held at Cannes Film Festival

World premiere of BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO / LES PONTS DE SARAJEVO, produced by Obala Art Center Sarajevo and French Production Company Cinétévé, was held on Thursday night within the official programme of Cannes Film Festival.

The omnibus consisting of 13 short films directed by: 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, was screened in the crowded Salle du 60ème, before approximately 500 viewers. The film was announced by Thierry Fremaux, the general delegate of Cannes Film Festival, and Jean-Michel Frodon, the art director of BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO. In his speech, Frodon reminded of the difficult situation in the region and stressed once again the need to help the areas affected by floods.

After its premiere screening, BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO encountered great reactions indicated by many invitations to festivals that have already been sent to the producers.

To remind you, the authors of BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO deal with different moments in Sarajevo’s history: 1914-1918 and 1992 - 1995 periods, as well as today’s Sarajevo. It is a mosaic of critical, artistic perceptions of different universal issues symbolized by a historic place such as Sarajevo.

Producers of BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO are Mirsad Purivatra, Jovan Marjanović, Fabienne Servan Schreiber and Laurence Miller. Film was realized in coproduction with partners from Switzerland (BANDE A PART FILMS), Italy (MIR CINEMATOGRAFICA), Portugal (UKBAR FILMES) and Germany (UNAFILM).

This project was a step forward taken by the Sarajevo Film Festival's Sarajevo City of Film Fund, and itf main partner Atlantic Group, which will focus solely on production of long feature films in the future.

Selection of BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO in the official programme of the Cannes Film Festival is an indicator of success of our Fund’s vision and development strategy.

Since its founding in 2007, the Sarajevo City of Film Fund has been supporting the work of young filmmakers from South-East Europe. By 2013, the Fund has brought 25 short films involving over 300 film directors, scriptwriters, producers, actors and actresses, cinematographers, film editors and music composers from 12 different countries of the region. Many of those films have marked the beginning of promising careers of their authors.

BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO will be presented to the Sarajevo audience on June 27th as part of ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The film will also be included in the program of the 20th Sarajevo Film Festival prior to its distribution in cinemas throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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