Zan is a boy of 21 years of timid glance that exudes calmness, and lives in a village in the interior of northern Catalonia with his family. Born in Sarajevo in 1991, when he was 8 months old, at the beginning of the Bosnian war, he ran away with his family from the siege of the city and took refuge in Banyoles, near a lake. Zan doesn't understand the war because he didn't live it. And now, through the memories and storytelling of his past, he dreams and travels around the places described by the voice of his brother Haris.
Marc Recha was born in Barcelona in 1970. After El cielo sube, his first feature film at the age of 21, Marc Recha achieved recognition for Tree of Cherries, which won the FIPRESCI award at Locarno in 1998. His reputation grew with Pau i el seu germà, presented in competition at Cannes in 2001. Les Mains vides (Where Is Madame Catherine) with Olivier Gourmet and Eduardo Noriega was presented at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2004. After August Days, Marc Recha’s Little Indi, a sensitive and just vision of a childhood confronted with modern injustices, was a considerable hit in his home country.
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.
Daniel Fontrodona AMPS