Poetry of Reality
Jasmila Žbanić

18 October - 23 October 2016

Pera Film proudly presents a selection of Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić’s films as part of Bosnia Sancak Culture Days.” Last year, Pera Film offered a platform for the promising and world-renowned directors of the Bosnia-Herzegovina cinema with its program entitled Sarajevo Now! which also shed light on the extensive culture and history of the country. The program entitled Poetry of Reality: Jasmila Žbanić focuses on five films of the director, who won the Golden Bear Award at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award of the American Film Institute with Esma’s Secret. Žbanić graduated from the Department of Film and Stage Direction of the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts in 1996, attending Professor Lew Hunter’s screenwriting workshop and Professor Lee de Long’s puppet workshop at the Imaginary Academy Groznan the following year. The cinema of Bosnia-Herzegovina is regarded since the 1970s as a school of its own, and Jasmila Žbanić, who is one of its directors receiving critical attention at almost every international festival, says the characters in her films are not “black and white” since real people are not that simple. Instead of choosing the easy way and creating characters that can be called heroes or saints, she is interested rather in narrating the stories of weak though brave and tolerant characters.

Director Žbanić will be in conversation following the screening of Love Island at 14:00.

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.


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