Zhang-ke's '24 City' to open Panorama section

The 14th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival opens in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina Friday (Aug. 15) with a new feature – festival television.

The pilot project, which will run on a 15 feet by 9 feet LED open air screen in front of the city’s National Theater – the main festival venue – will give the public, festival guests and audiences the chance to see exclusive footage from fest events, including the opening and closing ceremonies, competition film photo calls, press conferences and interviews with key guests.

With daily updates on ticket availability, the arrival of star guests and the weather – a key factor at a festival with a popular open air venue among its screening facilities – festival TV promises to be “a lively supplement to the exciting atmosphere of the Theatre Square”, fest organizers said in a statement.

Powered by Softing d.o.o, which has offices in Milan and Mostar, Bosnia, using the K.iTV platform, broadcasts will run during the duration of the festival, which closes Aug. 23.

The decision to pilot festival television comes at a time of growing stature for Sarajevo where, in addition to a feature competition that concentrates on Balkans and wider region films, the festival screens major international projects, hosts a talent campus in association with the Berlin film festival and has a busy co-production market.

Festival guests had already begun arriving mid-week, festival organizers said, including Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, whose film “24 City” opens this year’s non-competitive Panorama section in the Vtrogasac open air cinema.

This year’s feature competition line up is: “We’ve Never Been to Venice”, a debut by Slovenian director Blaz Kutin; “Autumn” (Turkey, debut, dir: Ozcan Alper); “Buick Riviera” (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Goran Rusinovic); “Dot” (Turkey, Dervis Zaim); “Girls” (Hungary, debut, Anna Faur); “Kino Lika” (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Dalibor Matanic); “March” (Austria, debut, Handl Klaus); “The Fourth Man” (Serbia, debut, Dejan Zecevic); “Delta” (Hungary, Korenl Mundruczo); and “My Marlon and Brando” (Turkey, debut, Huseyin Karabey).

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