Sarajevo Drive-In Opens August 18

A drive-in cinema will open on August 18 at the site of former film studios just outside Sarajevo.The Film Center Sarajevo is wrapping up the first phase of the reconstruction of defunct Jagomir film studios, part of which will be a drive-in cinema named after an iconic Yugoslav piece filmed there.

The “Dolly Bell” drive-in will open for audiences on August 18 with the screening of a digitally remastered version of Do You Remember Dolly Bell (1981) directed by Emir Kusturica. The winner of the 1981 Venice Film Festival main award, the coming-of-the-age film was Kusturica’s first feature. Set over a single 1960s summer in one of Sarajevo’s neighborhoods, the plot follows the fortunes of a movie-enthusiast school boy who gets a taste of the world inhabited by local thugs and petty criminals when he is trusted with providing a hiding place for a prostitute.

On August 19, the drive-in will screen another classic, Walter Defends Sarajevo (1973) directed by Hajrudin Krvavac.  Set in the Nazi-occupied Sarajevo of 1944, the film centers on the leader of the city’s resistance movement, bent on disrupting the Nazis’ plan to safely regroup the troops as the World War 2 is entering the final stage.

The films will be screened on a large Air Screen measuring 8×4 meters, with a modern sound system. The drive-in will open at 7 pm, while movie screenings will start at 9 pm.

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