The Sarajevo Film Festival unveiled the lineup of its 2018 Competition Program – Feature Film. Ten films will vie for the festival’s Heart of Sarajevo award, decided by a jury led by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Five feature films in the competition program will see their regional premiere at SFF. Four will have a world premiere and one will have its international premiere.
All Alone (Croatia, Netherlands, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, 88′), directed by Bobo Jelčić, is an intimate character study and a social drama about a divorced father struggling with the legal labyrinth without breaking the parental bond.
Love 1: Dog (Romania, Poland, 103′), directed by Florin Șerban, is the story of a lonely man who falls in love with a woman. She turns his world upside down and makes him enjoy the fact that he is alive, with violence, despair and anger.
One and a Half Prince (Romania, 103′), directed by Ana Lungu, centers on a single woman, a divorced father and a gay man who share an apartment in Bucharest. When the woman falls in love with a Hungarian writer from Transylvania, her friends are jealous and call him a peasant. The writer is handsome, smart, he loves animals and rides a horse, so she sees him as a prince.
The Pigeon Thieves (Turkey, 82′), directed by Osman Doğan, tells the story of a teenage pigeon thief who helps an 8-year-old complete his father’s house foundation by doing what he knows best.
Mali (Croatia, 90′), directed by Antonio Nuić, centers on a boy whose father has just been released from prison after four years for drug dealing and his mother recently died. He is assigned by the state into his grandparents’ custody.
Ága (Bulgaria, Germany, France, 96′), directed by Milko Lazarov, is the story of an isolated Inuit couple holding on to their traditions while global warming and the modern world encroach even in their remote outpost.
Horizon (Georgia, Sweden, 105′), directed by Tinatin Kajrishvili, was revered as an accomplished, even-handed look at the pain of a marital breakup, centering on a discarded husband literally pining away of heartbreak.
Lemonade (Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden, 88′), directed by Ioana Uricaru, is the story of Mara, a young Romanian woman, who just moved to the US with Dragos, her 9-year-old son, marrying Daniel, an American she has met only a few months ago.
One Day (Hungary, 99′), directed by Zsófia Szilágyi, tells the story of a married Italian teacher and mother of three who is so busy with her day-to-day routine that she barely has a moment to contemplate what’s really important to her.
The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar, 98′), directed by Ognjen Glavonić, centers on Vlada, who works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999.
Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying to make his way in a country scarred by the war. He knows that once the job is over, he will need to return home and face the consequences of his actions.
The 2018 Sarajevo Film Festival will be held August 10-17.