This year’s festival is opened with the film “The Other Side of Hope” by Finnish director Aki Karusimäki; one other of his films had also opened the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival.
“The Other Side of Hope”, for which Kaurismäki won the Silver Bear for the best director at this year’s Berlinare, is a thematic follow-up of sorts to the 2011 film “Le Havre”.
This year’s Sarajevo Film Festival will present to its audience 235 films in 18 different programmes, four of which are competitive. It will feature as many as 43 world premieres, 23 international.
SFF will pay tribute to the filmmaker Oliver Stone, who will receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for his extraordinary contribution to the art of film, as well as John Cleese, world's living legend of comedy.
During the SFF, restaurants and cafes will be offering extended working hours. During this time it will also be possible to gather at certain locations that will be hosting movie screenings.
Tickets will be available at four box office locations: the Main Box Office (Bosnian Cultural Center) – Branilaca Sarajeva 24, Meeting Point Cinema – Hamdije Kreševljakovića 13, Cinema City Multiplex – Trg Djece Sarajeva and Kriterion Art Cinema/House of Shorts – Obala Kulina Bana 2.
The main box office will work every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Meeting Point Cinema will work from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Festival Eating Point
SFF and Coca-Cola present a new and unique location -- Festival Eating Point by Coca-Cola. The aim of the new venue is to create a unique festival atmosphere.
Throughout the 23rd Annual Sarajevo Film Festival, the plaza in front of Dom Armije will be a spot for good food and socializing and will offer a daily program for all who come.
Festival Eating Point by Coca-Cola will work every day from from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (from August 11 to 18) and will feature the daily Cooking Show.
Visitors can enjoy musical performances in the evenings with DJ shows and concerts by the following bands: Epic, Kazoo, Open Mind, Archi, The Baba Barbarella and Lana Hamza Bend.
The following streets will be closed to traffic: Zelenih Beretki St. (from the intersection with Ćumurija St. to the intersection with Gimnazijska St.); Branilaca Sarajeva St. (from the intersection with Gimnazijska St. to the intersection with Kulovića St.); and Ćemaluša St. (from the intersection with Mula Mustafe Bašeskije to the intersection with Branilaca Sarajeva).
Ćumurija Street will temporarily serve as a two-way street.