Bosnian films at Pera Museum
ISTANBULPera Film will present a selection of Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic’s films as part of the Bosnia Sancak Culture Days.
The program entitled “Poetry of Reality: Jasmila Žbanić” focuses on five films of the director, who won the Golden Bear Award at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award of the American Film Institute with Esma’s Secret.
Zbanic graduated from the Department of Film and Stage Direction of the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts in 1996, attending Professor Lew Hunter’s screenwriting workshop and Professor Lee de Long’s puppet workshop at the Imaginary Academy Groznan the following year.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has had a cinema of its own since the 1970s, and Zbanic has received critical attention at many international festivals.
The director said the characters in her films were not “black and white” since real people are not that simple.
Instead of choosing the easy way and creating characters that can be called heroes or saints, she is interested rather in narrating the stories of weak though brave and tolerant characters.
Zbanic will be in conversation following the screening of “Love Island” at 2 p.m. Admission is free.