'Felicia,' 'Slovenian Girl' among world premieres

The Sarajevo Film Festival announced Wednesday its feature and short film competition lineup rich in world, international and regional premieres for its 15th edition, which bows Aug. 12.

With a prize purse worth more than $62,000, including a $35,000 Heart of Sarajevo award for best film, the competition programs have become a major event for Southeast Europe.

The feature competition includes the world premieres of “First of All, Felicia,” the helming debut by Romanian screenwriter Razvan Radulescu and Dutch co-director Melissa de Raaf, about a family reunion in Bucharest, and Slovenian director Damjan Kozole’s “Slovenian Girl,” about a student’s secret life as a hooker.

In the short film competition world premieres include Greek director Stavros Raptis’s 14-minute “Left Right” and “Mother,” a 15-minute film by Bosnian director Elmir Jukic.

Other films in the feature competition are: Milos Pusic’s “Autumn in My Street” (Serbia), Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric’s “The Blacks” (Croatia), Antonio Nuic’s “Donkey” (Croatia, Bosnia), Roland Varnik’s “Transmission” (Hungary), Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth” (Greece), Kamen Kalev’s “Eastern Plays” (Bulgaria, Sweden), Asli Ozge’s “Men on the Bridge” (Turkey, Germany, Netherlands) and Vladimir Perisic’s “Ordinary People” (Serbia, France, Switzerland).

Competition programmer Elma Tataragic said: “Most of the films are debut features created under difficult circumstances, with an amazing energy and passion for filmmaking. This new generation of filmmakers does not care about limits and borders, rules and funds. They care about film as one of the most beautiful and contemporary way of storytelling and communicating.”

The festival runs Aug. 12-20.

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