Romanian Films Dominate Sarajevo Competish

Five films world preem in main program

The strength of filmmaking in Romania has been underscored by the Sarajevo Film Festival’s inclusion of three pics from the country in its competish program, which was unveiled Thursday.

Sarajevo, which is one of South-East Europe’s leading sprocket operas, includes five world preems in its competish program, of which two are Romanian.

The first, “Wolf” is the debut feature from director-scripter Bogdan Mustata, in which he looks at the confused feelings of a young man toward his mother and a young woman whom he loves, but she loves someone else.

“Carmen,” which is the feature bow by Doru Nitescu, and penned by Tudor Voican and Nitescu, centers on a woman who will do anything for her dying child in a world that doesn’t care.

The other Romanian film in competish is director-writer Corneliu Porumboiu’s third feature “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism.”

The other world preems are Greece’s “Runaway Day,” which is helmed and penned by Dimitris Bavellas; Austria’s “Talea,” which is helmed by Katharina Mueckstein, and scripted by Selina Gnos and Mueckstein; and the Bosnia and Herzegovina-Germany co-pro “With Mum,” which was helmed and penned by Faruk Loncarevic.

Other competish films include Georgia’s “In Bloom,” directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, from a script by Ekvtimishvili; Austria’s “Soldate Jeannette,” from helmer-scripter Daniel Hoesl; and Bobo Jelcic’s “A Stranger,” which is a Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina co-production.

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