The Sarajevo Film Festival made public the feature titles that will be competing in the festival’s main program this year. Three films will have their world premiere at the 2017 SFF, set to open August 11.
Daybreak (2017, Albania, Greece, 85 min.), directed by Gentian Koçi, is the story of cash-strapped Leta, who couldn’t pay the rent for several months. When she and her one-year-old are thrown out of their apartment, they move in with Sophie, an old woman confined to bed, whose daughter has just employed Leta as a caretaker. In order to keep her job and a roof over their head, Leta has to keep Sophie alive no matter what.
Grain (2017, Turkey, Germany, France, Sweden, Qatar, 127 min.), directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu who won Berlin’s top prize with Honey, is a dystopian tale set in a society dominated by global corporations in which a genetic crisis leads to massive crop failure.
Directions (2017, Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia, 103 min.), directed by Stephan Komandarev, is a road movie set in present-day Bulgaria, a country optimistic mainly because all the realists and pessimists have left.
Hostages (2016, Georgia, Russia, Poland, 104 min.), directed by Rezo Gigineishvili, is a lightly disguised story behind the 1983 hijacking of Aeroflot Flight 6833 in Tblisi. Soon after takeoff, an armed gang of youthful hijackers tried to seize control of the plane in a doomed bid to escape the Soviet Union.
Scary Mother (2017, Georgia, 102 min.), directed by Ana Urushadze, tells the story of a 50-year-old housewife, Manana, who struggles with a dilemma – she has to choose between her family life and her passion, writing, which she had repressed for years. She decides to follow her passion and plunges herself into writing, sacrificing to it mentally and physically.
Son of Sofia (2016, Greece, France, Bulgaria, 111 min.), directed by Elina Psykou, is set during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. 11-year-old Misha is travelling from Russia to live with his mother in Athens in the home of an elderly Greek man she works for. When he learns this man is actually his new father, Misha runs away but doesn’t have the stomach for life on the streets. Returning to his new home, he clings to the stories he grew up with, melding them with reality to create a dark urban fairy tale.