My Aunt in Sarajevo

Goran Kapetanovic, Zweden, Bosnië en Herzegovina , 58 min

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Obstinate Swedish daughter forces her father to confront his younger Bosnian self on a trip to Sarajevo. A deeply moving and humorous drama awarded at the prestigious Swedish Guldbagge Awards for best direction and supporting actress.

Zlatan, 50, has not been in Bosnia since he left the country as a war refugee, more than 20 years ago. His only contact with Bosnia consists in sending money to a woman who takes care of his old aunt. His Swedish-born daughter Anja wants to know more about her Bosnian roots, but Zlatan makes an effort to hide and suppress his painful memories and is not eager to tell her anything. As Zlatan's attempts to stop her travelling to Sarajevo fail, he reluctantly decides to go with her. The reunion with the home country brings both absurd surprises and secrets from the past. A compelling film directed by Goran Kapetanovic, who fled to Sweden from a war-torn Sarajevo and hereby wanted to show to his own two daughters the city as he remembered it.

On Friday 3 November we will screen two short films before My Aunt in Sarajevo:
Blue Peter (Marko Santic, Croatia/Slovenia, 2016, 14 min.)
Confronting, well directed, awarded short film about the clash between the professional duty and the human conscious of a young police officer Petar.
He lives with his parents in a small house. His police job challenges him every day. In one of the evictions during his duty, he oversteps his police authority and tries to protect a senior couple.

Second Hand (Noemi Barkoczi, Hungary, 2016, 5 min.)
A lucid animation and humorous story about the challenging and exciting life of a… cat sweater!
A cat tells us the unusual story of a sweater’s life, through which we hear of his early happy years, his adventures with a young hipster girl and a peaceful period living with a pensioner. The jumper falls in love again and again with his owners, but eventually he is disappointed in every one of them. In the end, he decides to remain single, but hope arises again when he meets another interesting person. This short animation by the talented Hungarian director Noemi Barkoczi had its international premiere at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival.

On Monday 6 November we will screen two short films before My Aunt in Sarajevo:
Invisible (Amra Mehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Hungary, 2016, 6 min.)
A middle-aged man is getting ready to take extreme measures to ensure a better future for him and his family abroad. He puts together a mysterious device, hides it under his coat and goes to the bustling centre of a Western European city. He is frantically looking for a perfect spot to execute his plan. The director points out: ‘’Film is our take on one of the currently most discussed issues: the refugee crisis. While holding the mirror up to each one of us, the story explores refugee stigmatization in today's Europe. So much is said about the global consequences of this crisis, and very little about the consequences on a personal, human level, or even the causes. That’s the story we are trying to tell, and to point out that many people actually do not have a choice.’’

Borders (Damjan Kozole, Slovenia. 2016, 10 min.)
24 October, 2015. A nice day in autumn in a nice landscape. A crowd of refugees and migrants accompanied by soldiers and police officers make their way from the Schengen border between Slovenia and Croatia towards the refugee camp in Brezice. Suddenly, the landscape starts to appear less nice than it was. In 2002, the distinguished Slovenian filmmaker Damjan Kozole shot a feature film on the exact same border, about two traffickers smuggling people into the EU. This time, reality replaced fiction. He decided to take a 'no directing' approach by using static camera, like an eerie remake of Lumiere's The Arrival of a Train.

Goran Kapetanovic
Zweden, Bosnië en Herzegovina

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