The film shows life in contemporary Sarajevo, as reflected through glass covers of the black-and-white photographs of its’ defenders, taken by the Bosnian photographer Milomir Kovačević in 1992
during the siege of the city.
Sergei Loznitsa was born in Baranovichi, Belarus, in 1964. He has shot numerous documentaries, including the critically acclaimed The Halt. His first feature film, My Joy, a dark and virtuoso odyssey in contemporary Russia, was selected in the Official Competition at Cannes in 2010. In 2012, his impressive war film In the Fog won the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes.
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.
Oleg Mutu RSC