Thursday, 31 July 2014


The 20th annual Sarajevo Film Festival takes place in the Bosnian capital between the 15th and the 23rd of August. It's regularly one of the calendar's most acclaimed festivals, revered by filmmakers, critics and cinephiles the world over. Their guest list has just been announced.

The festival will bestow three Hearts of Sarajevo. The first will go to Gael Garcia Bernal, who will also be the first guest to appear in Sarajevo and will present a screening of one of his breakthrough films, Amores Perros. Designer and director Agnes B. will also receive a Heart alongside a screening of her new film Je m'Apelle Hmmm... And the country's most successful director of his time, Danis Tanovic, will receive the third Heart.

Michael Winterbottom will hold several interviews as a part of the 2014 Tribute to... programme, of which he is the subject. And Bosnian composer Arsen Dedic will also receive a tribute.

Other guests will include Cristi Puiu, Vladimir Perisic, Aida Begic, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec and Isild Le Besco, presenting their omnibus film Bridges of Sarajevo, Michel Hazanavicius and Berenice Bejo, Jasmila Zbanic alongside Ariane Labed, Ermin Bravo, Leon Lucev and Ada Condeescu, Diao Yi Nan and Gwei Lun Mei, Mike Leigh, Simon McBurney, Pawel Pawlikowski and Kornel Mundruczo. Bela Tarr will chair the jury.