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by Fred Kelemen


Sarajevo. A young man stands in the same spot where Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand 100 years ago. He is shooting the site's beauty with a video camera. Torn up by his endangered love for his seriously mobility impaired girlfriend and his desire for vitality and independence, he wants to find a dignified way of saving love from dying. The director, who is also a cinematographer for Bela Tarr (cinematography prize winner for "The Turin Horse", among others), presents a film triptych. It comprises two tales: "Blue Ballad for Lovers" and "Blue Rondo for Survivors", and a connecting middle part, "Blue Psalm for Wolves". All the parts flow into each other and build one universal mosaic of life in Sarajevo. In Kelemen's typical long, uncut shots the camera follows different protagonists and shows their interweaving dance of hope and despair, love and death.

international title: Sarajevo Songs of Woe
original title: Sarajevo Songs of Woe
country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Fred Kelemen
release date: PL 9/10/2016
screenplay: Fred Kelemen
cast: Balázs Bodolai, Edin Avdagić, Iskra Jirsak, Ivana Pavlakovikj, Jovana Stojiljković, Szandra Guary, Iulia Ciochina, Doroteja Nadrah, Katarina Nikšić, Blaž Setnikar, Aja Štukan, Slaven Došlo, Sorin Dobrin
cinematography by: Fred Kelemen, Andreea Dobre, Irfan Brković, Dario Sekulowski, Orlin Stanchew, Radu Voinea, Naum Doksevski, Ana-Maria Draghici, Flóra Fecske, Claudia Kovács, Lev Predan Kowarski
film editing: Fred Kelemen, Friederike Schuchardt, Annett Ilijew
music: Zoe Polanski
producer: Fred Kelemen
production: Kino Kombat Filmmanufactur
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