The sixth edition of an annual queer film festival will open January 26 in Sarajevo’s Kriterion art cinema.
“Merlinka”, organized by the Sarajevo Open Center and modeled on a Belgrade festival with the same name, will be held January 26 and 27. Four feature films will be screened during the festival, with cultural and entertainment events in between.
Friday, January 26
19.15h: “Tom of Finland” (Dome Karukoski, 2017, 115′) is the story about the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.
Saturday, January 27
15.00h: “Lands of Lost Content” (Elena Horn, 2017, 45′) is a documentary about Nik, who travels home to Serbia to disclose his sexuality to his Orthodox Christian relatives. On teh other side of the world, Ishimwa is facing the loss of his mother in the Rwandan genocide.
18.00h: “Apricot Groves” (Pouria Heidary Oureh, 2016, 78′) tells the story of Aram, an Iranian-Armenian who has immigrated to the U.S. as a child and returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend he met and lived with in the U.S.
20.00h: “The Misandrists” (Bruce la Bruce, 2017, 91′) opens with a young man on the run from the law and chased by police, stumbling upon two women in a field not far from a large old country house. The women hide him in the basement of the house, which happens to be a school for undisciplined girls.
The festival closes with a party hosted by the Sarajevo Open Center.