Traces of Time: Pjer Žalica

November 4 - 19, 2023

Pera Film, in collaboration with the Bosnia Sancak Academic Culture and History Foundation, presents a selection of five films by the acclaimed Bosnian filmmaker Pjer Žalica, which will take place from November 4th to 19th.

Time sometimes doesn't just flow; it leaves deep wounds. There are no descriptions or prescriptions for both time and wounds. They are immeasurable. Traces of Time: Pjer Žalica focuses on the works of an artist who explores the cinematic representations of these scars, following the searing effects of war in a specific landscape and the traces of past wounds in today's world.

The films that will be screened at the Pera Museum Auditorium from November 4th to 19th include Fuse, which follows the story of a town struggling to get back on its feet after the Bosnian War upon receiving news of a visit from U.S. President Bill Clinton. Days and Hours centres on a man who unwittingly revisits the painful and unforgettable memories of his fractured family. Focus Grandmother takes us back to the fateful year of 1992 when millions of lives were forever changed as a family reunited, nearly losing their grandmother. May Labor Day narrates the story of Armin, who confronts a shocking truth upon returning to Bosnia after years of working in Germany. The Perfect Circle, penned by Pjer Zalica, weaves the tale of a poet whose path crosses with two siblings who survived the massacre in their village while trying to save their family from the ravages of war. 

Pjer Žalica, the film program’s centrepiece, will engage with the audience on Saturday, November 18th, following the screening of May Labor Day. The discussion, moderated by film critic Alin Taşçıyan, will be held at the Pera Museum Auditorium.

In conjunction with the Pera Film program, Bosnian musicians Adis Sirbubalo and Zanin Berbić will perform a concert at the Pera Museum on Tuesday, November 7th.

This program’s screenings are free admission. Drop in, no reservations. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age unless stated otherwise.

November 4

15:00 The Perfect Circle

November 5

15:00 Fuse

November 8

19:00 May Labor Day

November 10

19:00 The Perfect Circle

November 12

15:00 Days and Hours

November 15

19:00 Focus, Grandma

November 17

19:00 Days and Hours

21:00 Fuse

November 18

15:00 May Labor Day

November 19

15:00 Focus, Grandma

The Perfect Circle

The Perfect Circle

Fuse

Fuse

Days and Hours

Days and Hours

Focus, Grandma

Focus, Grandma

May Labor Day

May Labor Day

About Pjer Žalica's Cinema <br> with Film Critic Alin Taşçıyan

About Pjer Žalica's Cinema
with Film Critic Alin Taşçıyan

As part of the Pera Film program Traces of Time, a conversation will be held with director Pjer Žalica.

Film Talk with Psychologist Meral Erten

Film Talk with Psychologist Meral Erten

Pera Film presents a film talk session by clinical psychologist Meral Erten as part of the Traces of Time film programme.

Zanin Berbić & Adis Sirbubalo Sevdalinka Concert

Zanin Berbić & Adis Sirbubalo Sevdalinka Concert

In parallel with the "Traces of Time" film program, Zanin Berbić, a young performer of Bosnian folk music, sevdalinka, and accordion virtuoso Adis Sirbubalo, come together with Istanbulites to offer interpretations ranging from sevdalinka to jazz.

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The series of paintings depicting the audience ceremonies of European ambassadors hold a unique place among the works of Jean-Baptiste Vanmour of Valenciennes, who lived in İstanbul from 1699 until his death in 1737.

Stefan Hablützel Look At Me!

Stefan Hablützel Look At Me!

The exhibition Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Through the exhibition we will be sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”.

Is he sping on us?  <br>Vajiko Chachkhiani

Is he sping on us?
Vajiko Chachkhiani

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.