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Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Pawel Pawlikowski Attend Sarajevo Film Festival Opening

Oscar-winning directors Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Pawel Pawlikowski both received Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Awards on Friday at the opening ceremony of the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Southeast Europe’s leading film showcase.

They were joined on the red carpet by the cast and crew of the opening film, “The Son,” led by director Ines Tanović, and Mexican production designer Eugenio Caballero, who won an Oscar for Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” and was Oscar nominated for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma.” Caballero will open the 13th edition of Talents Sarajevo, and will deliver a lecture about his work.

A new red carpet was designed to mark the fest’s 25th anniversary. Its pattern is inspired by a traditional Sarajevo carpet dating back to 1930, held in the National Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and represents “a symbiosis of modern and traditional design.”

French actress Isabelle Huppert will attend the festival on Sunday, when she will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award and deliver a masterclass.

On Wednesday, Mexican actor-producer-director Gael Garcia Bernal will present “Chicuarotes,” his second feature as a director. The screening will be followed by a masterclass and a Q&A session about his career.

Swedish director Ruben Östlund, director of Palme d’Or winner “The Square,” attends as a member of the main competition jury.

Israeli helmer Nadav Lapid, winner of Berlin’s Golden Bear this year for “Synonyms,” attends as a member of the Student Film Jury and for a screening of his film, which runs in the Kinoscope sidebar.

Palestinian director Elia Suleiman is on hand for an open-air screening of his Cannes screener “It Must Be Heaven,” while Romania’s Cristi Puiu and Hungary’s Béla Tarr are guests of the Talents Sarajevo program.

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