Chicago, October 7th, 2019- The 13th annual Chicago Festival of Bosnian
and Herzegovinian Film will take place October 11-12, 2019 at
Northwestern University’s Ryan Family Auditorium at 2145 Sheridan Road
in Evanston. All film screenings are free and open to the public.
On Friday October 11th, the festival will open with our theme of
documenting the past. The short documentary Sisters, written and
directed by Zdenko Jurilj is a story about two sisters who attempt a
trip from their village through high rocks and ice to help their mother
with work. Sto te nema – Boston by Rialda Zukic is a short documentary
about artist Aida Šehović’s public monument dedicated to the 8,372
Muslim men and boys who were killed in Srebrenica. Araf by Didem Pekun
is a short documentary road movie and diary of a ghostly character,
Nayia, who travels between Srebrenica and Sarajevo to Mostar in Bosnia
after being in exile since the war and returns for the 22nd memorial of
the Srebrenica genocide.
The final two films on Friday explore the theme of parents and children.
In the short film Stalemate, written and directed by Amir Karagic, Mike,
a middle-aged chef from Amsterdam sits down to a game of chess with his
estranged millennial son. An intense, raw and disturbing power battle
ensues. The final film for the evening is The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić
written by Aida Hadžibegović-Đombić and Marta Hernaiz Pidal and directed
by Marta Hernaiz Pidal. It explores the life of a clueless mother
alongside her little autistic daughter on a disastrous trip in an old
Yugo car around Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.
On Saturday October 12th, the festival will open with the theme of
documenting the present. The short documentary Framing Home by Ivana
Barišić follows gives insight the complexities of displacement when home
and belonging are disrupted for a second-generation Bosnian-Dutch
immigrant. Shawn Convey’s documentary Among Wolves conveys an intimate
portrait of trauma and survival through a biker club that is still
struggling from the aftermath of the Bosnian war.
Our next theme on Saturday is lost and found, starting with Sherbet,
written by Nadja Petrović and directed by Nikola Stojanović. The short
explores the lives of Ena and Sale, who, pressured by the burdens of
their past, test the limits of their love through acts of aggressions on
the outskirts of a dirty city. Caleb Burdeau’s feature film
Adrift/Nasumice follows Elvis, a young man from Sarajevo who is taking
pictures of tourists to get by. After his camera is stolen, Elvis
decides to visit Rodolfo, a stranger met by chance in Venice. Our final
film for the evening, Take Me Somewhere Nice by Ena Sendijarević follows
the life of a Dutch girl of a Bosnian descent as she travels to Bosnia
to visit her sick father.