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SARAJEVO 2021 CineLink Industry Days

Sarajevo announces its Avantpremiere Series Programme and the line-up for CineLink Works in Progress

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- Five of the most anticipated regional TV achievements will be presented at the festival while seven fiction and three documentary works in progress are participating in CineLink Industry Days

Sarajevo announces its Avantpremiere Series Programme and the line-up for CineLink Works in Progress
The psychological thriller series Black Wedding, playing in the Avantpremiere Series Programme

Audiences and film professionals at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival will have the opportunity to watch exclusively on the big screen the first two episodes of the first seasons of the series Awake, Time of Evil, Bad Blood, Black Wedding and The Golden Boy, as well as meet the cast. All of them were made in Serbia, which suggests the high popularity of Serbian shows in the region as well as a well-developed Serbian production. "In the production of regional drama series this year, Serbia is certainly in the lead, which is evident in our selection for this year, characterised by striking performances of regionally famous actors and topics related to this area. The programme includes suspenseful crime dramas, a psychological thriller with an aspect of mystery, series based on famous literary works and a contemporary story about dreams, idols and football," said Tina Hajon, programmer of the Avantpremiere Series programme.

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The section will open with the premiere of the crime series Awake, following the life of a young female detective with parapsychological powers and produced by United Media. The director duo Jelena Gavrilović and Uroš Tomić’s previous joint work, the series Group, premiered within the same programme two years ago and is also the first Serbian series whose global distribution rights were bought by leading Israeli media company Keshet International. Another United Media production to be shown is the historical drama based on novels by Dobrica Ćosić entitled Time of Evil, directed by Ivan Živković, with a plot set in Serbia before and during World War II. 

One more historical drama series to premiere this year, developed in the CineLink Drama programme of the festival and produced by This and That Productions and RTS is Bad Blood, based on the literary work by Bora Stanković and a script written a long time ago by Vojislav Nanović. Directed by Milutin Petrović, the series follows the downfall of the old landlord's family, through which the weakening of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of new nation-states are depicted in parallel, while widely popular Serbian actor Dragan Bjelogrlić plays the main role. The feature film version of the series has just premiered at the European Film Festival Palic under the title Impure Blood – Sins of Ancestors [+see also:
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The other two titles in the programme are the psychological thriller Black Wedding, directed by Nemanja Ćipranjić and featuring regional stars such as Uliks Fehmiu, Nikola Kojo, Jelena Đokić and Slavko Štimac; and the directorial debut of Ognjen Janković called The Golden Boy, in which the talented football player Denis Marković is played by rising star Denis Murić

In the Avantpremiere Series programme, drama series compete for the Audience Award sponsored by Mondo.rs, and are directly shortlisted for nominations for the Hearts of Sarajevo Awards for TV series.

In parallel to this, the CineLink Work in Progress section of the CineLink Industry Days, which serves as a showcase for the most exciting new works from Southeast Europe and the MENA region, has also announced its line-up for this upcoming edition. The selection includes ten new feature-length films – seven works of fiction and three documentaries – which will be presented in front of high-profile industry professionals such as financiers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and festival programmers, with the aim of assisting their completion and enhancing their distribution possibilities. “There is a rich variety and diversity of films, with subjects and genres shifting from tough social issues and poetic treatments of reality to meta cinema and authenticity of humor. Very strong and diverse projects in this selection can be seen through the prism of how the industry coped in these challenging times,” explains Amra Bakšić Čamo, Head of CineLink.

The projects will compete for three awards: the Post Republic Award (€50,000 in kind), the CineLink Iridium Award (€20,000 in kind) and the Turkish National Radio Television Award (€25,000 in cash). The jury which will decide on the awards includes Semaine de la Critique’s Artistic Director Ava Cahen, the Festivals Coordinator at the Turkish National Radio Television Esra Demirkiran, Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin’s Head of Panorama Michael Stütz, Senior In-house Producer at The Post Republic Petra Kader-Göbel, and Charades Co-Founder Yohann Comte.

Here is the full list of Work in Progress projects:

A Ballad - Aida Begić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/France) (fiction)
Producers: Adis Đapo, François D’Artemare
Production companies: Film House Sarajevo, Les Films de l'Après Midi 

A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On - Gentian Koçi (Albania/Greece/Kosovo) (fiction)
Producers: Gentian Koçi, Konstantina Stavrianou
Production companies: Artalb Film, Graal Films 

Citizen Saint - Tinatin Kajrishvili (Georgia/France/Bulgaria) (fiction)
Producers: Lasha Khalvashi, Denis Vaslin
Production companies: Artizm, Mandra Films, Chouchkov Brothers 

The Devil’s DriversDaniel Carsenty and Mohammed Abugeth (France/Germany/Qatar/Lebanon) (documentary)
Producers: Daniel Carsenty, Mohammed Abugeth, Nicklas Krüger
Production companies: mark it zero, Chunk Filmproductions 

Men of DeedsPaul Negoescu (Romania/Bulgaria) (fiction)
Producers: Anamaria Antoci, Poli Angelova
Production companies: Tangaj Production, Screening Emotions

Prison Beauty ContestSrđan Šarenac (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/Serbia) (documentary)
Producer: Srđan Šarenac
Production companies: Udruženje Novi Film, Provid d.o.o. 

The Taste of Apples Is RedEhab Tarabieh (Israel/Germany) (fiction)
Producers: Sol Goodman, Jonathan Doweck, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber
Production company: Match Factory  

To Carnation a SongBekir Bülbül (Turkey/Belgium) (fiction)
Producer: Halil Kardaş, Bożena Bogdziewicz-Önkol
Production companies: Filmcode Yapım Ltd. Şti., Bo Dream Productions 

Too CloseBotond Pusok (Romania) (documentary)
Producers: Irina Malcea, Bożena Bogdziewicz-Önkol
Production company: Luna Film 

Wake MeMarko Šantić (Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia) (fiction)
Producers: Danijel Hočevar, Zala Opara, Bušić, Dimče Stojanovski, Sefan Orlandić
Production company: Vertigo, Jaka Produkcija, Living Pictures 

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