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THE BH FILM LEJLA PREMIERES AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Date: May 29th, 2017

Despite a lack of investment in cultural activities, Bosnia and Herzegovina is once again presenting a film at one of the most renowned film festivals in the world – the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, thanks to the work of the students and staff of the Sarajevo Film Academy (SFA). For the second year in a row, the SFA, which is one of the most recently established faculties of the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology University, will present a film by Stijn Boum, a student in his final year, entitled Lejla, alongside some of the oldest and most renowned film schools in the world. Last year, the film Dobro by Marte Hernaiz Pidal, an MA student at the SFA, was part of the official selection of the Cinéfondation.

Lejla, a project of the SFA in co-production with Alchemic Film (the Netherlands), was filmed in Sarajevo, in Bosnian, with a cast of local amateur actors. Lejla premiered as part of the official selection for student films Cinéfondation, on Thursday 25 May, as one of 16 selected films out of 2,600 entries. The film's director, Stijn Boum, attended the premiere, along with the main actress, Lejla Hadžić, and the executive director of the SSST University, Emir Ganić.

Inspired by stories of the people of Sarajevo, the young director explained that Lejla is a film about the hope for a better life. He described the period spent at the SFA as a very intense experience during which he grew both as an individual and as an artist. He recommends this program to everyone as it offers the opportunity to work with some of the leading film artists of the world and has a unique approach to producing student films. He recommends studying in Sarajevo due to its rich history and culture, and its people for their hospitality, experience and perspectives, which inspire artists in their search for their own cinematic expression.

The Cinéfondation program offers support to new voices, future great directors, by selecting the works of talented young artists and film schools from around the world. Bosnia and Herzegovina was among fourteen countries from three continents, competing for three awards. “The selection of this film shows that the SFA not only produced a film which is in the official program of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, but also that our country has the educational and production capacities to discover, educate and promote future generations of international film artists,” said the director of the SFA and one of the film's producers, Emina Ganić.

The president of this year's Cinéfondation jury is director, screenwriter and producer Cristian Mungiu, who is also the recipient of the Festival’s most prestigious awards: the Palme d'Or (2007), Best Screenplay (2012) and Best Director (2016). The Sarajevo Film Academy had the pleasure of hosting Mungiu as a lecturer twice, in 2014 and in 2016.

We are currently enrolling new students in the BFA and MFA programs at the Sarajevo Film Academy for the academic year 2017/18. More information is available on the official webpage of the SFA on the academic programs, and permanent and guest lecturers we expect in our capital in September.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • THE BH FILM LEJLA PREMIERES AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
  • THE BH FILM LEJLA PREMIERES AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
  • THE BH FILM LEJLA PREMIERES AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
  • THE BH FILM LEJLA PREMIERES AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL