THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS
Sarajevo crystalized, at the end of an iron and fire century - that also began there - the brutal collision of real and symbolic violence. Ethnic cleansing, triumph of commodity, dictatorship of spectacular images whirled over in a hellish ballet, in which epicenter the city found itself.
Yet Sarajevo promised the opposite, that’s why it deserves this melancholic salutation.
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris in 1930. Without question one of the greatest filmmakers alive, co-founder of the New Wave in the early Sixties, Jean-Luc Godard has continued, through image and sound, to pursue the vast and complex oeuvre of a critical poet and philosopher. Since the Nineties, a central dimension of Godard’s experimentation has been the questioning of the relation between film and history: his major opus Histoire(s) du cinéma and his ensemble of works relating to this issue (Germany Year 90 Nine Zero, The Kids Play Russian, Twice Fifty Years of French Cinema, The Old Place, Origins of the 21st Century, In the Blackness of Time…) are all part of this questioning of the forces that have driven human destiny through force and words over the past century. Still a prolific and adventurous filmmaker (he has recently completed a 3D film), a concerned conscience, right from the start of the siege of Sarajevo, Godard detected the decisive tragedies at play there. By all means – both material and artistic – he has sought to alert us to the terrible meaning of what threatened, of what is still at threat, notably in the films Je vous salue Sarajevo, JLG/JLG, Forever Mozart, and Our Music, co-produced by the Centre André Malraux in Sarajevo.
An independent audiovisual production company set up in 1982 by Fabienne Servan Schreiber, who has been director of the company ever since.
The company has produced over 400 hours of international award-winning programmes: theatrically released feature films, feature-length documentary and fictions, prime-time television dramas, documentary reports, live performance recordings, television magazines, short programmes and new media.
In the field of cinema, we may notably cite: Calle 54, a music feature film by Emmy award-winner Fernando Trueba, voted 3rd Best Film of the Year by the New York Times in 2000, distributed by Miramax in the USA, and selected at Venice and Toronto; Daughter of Keltoum, by Mehdi Charef, selected at the Toronto Film Festival in 2001; and Vivre me tue, by Jean-Pierre Sinapi, selected at the San Sebastian Festival in 2002 and 1st Prize winner at the Cabourg Festival in 2003.
And, in the field of collective films: Lumière and Company, which brought together 40 directors in homage to the cinema of the Lumière Brothers, including David Lynch, Spike Lee, James Ivory, John Boorman, Michael Haneke, Arthur Penn, Oshima and Yang Zi-Mou. Selected in over 40 festivals; and Visual Telegrams, 30 filmmakers for the environment, including Fatih Akin, Rachid Bouchareb, Isabel Coixet, Ronit Elkabetz, Amos Gitaï, Elia Suleiman, Jaco Van Dormael and Jia ZangKe, presented at the Copenhagen Climate Conference (2009) under the patronage of the UN.
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