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theartsdesk at the Sarajevo Film Festival | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk at the Sarajevo Film Festival

theartsdesk at the Sarajevo Film Festival

Angelina Jolie drops in, but the 17th festival is more about Balkan film

Sarajevo: audiences watch movies surrounded by buildings which still bear mortar gashes and bullet holes

There is an interesting tension at the Sarajevo Film Festival which, though this was my first time, I suspect exists as a matter of course. And this is a tension between the spirit of the people I meet here – ebullient, good-humoured and indefatigable (they really know how to party) – and the films themselves, which suggest a country and a region still reeling from the turmoil of its recent past. It’s a strange experience, then, poised between light and gloom.

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