IKEA for YU, Srbenka and Kalin and the Jail Team running for the Heart of Sarajevo.
At this year’s 24th Sarajevo Film Festival, taking place 10-17 August, the 16 selected films running for the Heart of Sarajevo in the documentary film category will include three developed at ZagrebDox Pro. The world premieres at SFF include IKEA for YU by Marija Ratković Vidaković and Dinka Radonić, Kalin and the Jail Team by Bulgarian director Petko Gyulchev, while the already award-winning Srbenka by Nebojša Slijepčević will be screen to the regional audience for the first time.
The film IKEA for YU won the best pitch at ZagrebDox Pro and a one-year mentoring with Rada Šešić in 2014. It follows the story of co-director Marija Ratković Vidaković’s family, which still nurtures Yugoslav ideals. The film is a co-production between the Croatian Film Clubs’ Association and the Swedish production company Wizworks Studios AB, a coming-of-age story about leaving home and finding one’s own value system and how to attain it in a stable and caring family.
Developed at ZagrebDox Pro in 2013, the documentary Kalin and the Jail Team speaks about one man’s efforts to dethrone the value system of people who think a human life is worthless after a bottle of grappa. The film was produced by the Bulgarian production company Izograph.
This will be the fourth festival appearance for Nebojša Slijepčević’s Srbenka, returning to Sarajevo after last year’s triumph at Docu Rough Cut, a workshop for documentary films in post-production, winning five awards. Srbenka was developed at ZagrebDox Pro workshop in 2015 and was presented as case-study of succesfull project by producer Vanja Jambrović in 2017 edition. Film follows the preparations and rehearsals for a play directed by Oliver Frljić about the Aleksandra Zec case. Stage rehearsals soon grow into collective psychotherapy for all the participants, and to the 12-year-old actress Nina it seems like the war never really ended. The film focuses on the issues of nationalism and xenophobia and examines the impact of Croatian society and public discourse on the lives of children of Serbian nationality, in the first place, born in Croatia long after the end of the Croatian War of Independence.