Chicago Festival of Bosnian and Herzegovinian Film

The 10th Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film is almost here. Please join us on April 10-12 for an amazing line-up of films. Check out the schedule here:


Friday, April 10, 2015

6:30pm  Reception with food and coffee

8:00pm  Welcome speech by festival staff

8:15pm  For Those Who Can Tell No Tales**

82 min., fiction, dir.: Jasmila Zbanic

An Australian tourist discovers the silent legacy of wartime atrocities when she arrives in a seemingly idyllic little town on the border of Bosnia and Serbia.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

1:00pm  Bosnia in Our Hearts

29 min., documentary, dir.: Sixten Björkstrand

Bosnia-Herzegovina is a divided country and its citizens have been scattered all over the world. But the one thing that can unite them is football. Three Bosnians from Finland travel to Lithuania to witness the last and crucial qualifying game for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

1:40pm  Pretty Village

70 min., documentary, dir.: Kemal Pervanic

In 1992 the village of Kevljani, North West Bosnia, was engulfed in a wave of violence. Many of the villagers were suffered in concentration camps, the rest were expelled from their homes and made refugees. This film examines how they are rebuilding their lives and homes. Many people remain missing, their bodies unclaimed. In this small corner of North West Bosnia over 1000 persons remain unaccounted for.

3:00pm  One More Mile: A Dialogue on Nation-Building

120 min., documentary, dir.: Ted Hardin, Elizabeth Coffman

What happens when the bombs stop falling from the sky? How does a country heal itself after the devastation of genocide? What role does the world play in nation-building in countries such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and now Iraq? One More Mile: a Dialogue on Nation-Building investigates the delicate and controversial role of the international community in a post-war society.

5:15pm  Panel discussion with filmmakers Ted Hardin, Elizabeth Coffman and Muamer Celik about rebuilding a nation.

7:00pm  Kokoska

15 min., fiction, dir.: Una Gunjak

As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realizes the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to.

7:20pm  Tales from a Forgotten City

27 min., documentary, dir.: Amir Grabus

Tales from a Forgotten City’ is an ode to the beautiful memories of Mostar as it once used to be. It follows the dream of music producer Dragi Šestić and his musical ensemble, Mostar Sevdah Reunion. Their dream is to preserve and revive those memories and to remind the people of the rich multicultural heritage of this small city.

8:00pm  Bridges of Sarajevo

114 min., documentary, dir.: Leonardo di Costanzo, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Isild,
Le Besco, Sergey Loznitsa, Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perisic, Cristi Puiu,
Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec, Aida Begic, Teresa Villaverde

13 European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo and what this city represents in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo incarnates today in Europe.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

5:00pm  Berin Tuzlic animations

11:34 min., animation, dir.: Berin Tuzlic

Berin Tuzlic is an award-winning animator and creative director based in Sarajevo. This year, he is treating us to his short animations Java-Apatite, The Scarecrows, I Need the Origin of Laughter, I Don’t Know When and I Don’t Know Where Sarajevo, and Fazonator – Global Willage.

5:20pm  Sharpener

10 min., documentary, dir.: Esma Saric

Nedim S. is the last sharpener in Sarajevo. We follow his life and work, with his memories of the past times, while he struggles to keep his job.

5:35pm  Redemption

12 min., fiction, dir.: Mirna Dizdarevic

Olga (54) and Goran (28) at first seem like two very ordinary people, but they come to a situation where both of them are forced to return to the past and seek redemption. Goran first enters into Olga’s apartment and is confronted with the past that haunts him for years. Olga, lonely and meticulous woman, from excitement and desire to be a good host to Goran, does not see what is actually happening.

6:00pm  With Mom**

80 min., fiction, dir.: Faruk Loncarevic

While her socialist family is falling apart, Berina, a young artist, is trying to live out her just discovered sexuality and, at the same time, accept her mother’s terminal illness. Jasna, a dominating woman, mother, doctor and pillar of the family, is entering the terminal phase of breast cancer, which she has been fighting against for nine years. Her husband Mladen doesn’t know how to handle the fact that he is losing Jasna. Their younger daughter Luna is extremely introverted and childish. Living in her own world, surrounded by a family she cannot communicate with, Berina is trying to save her mother in her own ways: through magic, rituals, and fate.


**may not be suitable for all audiences.


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