Sevdah is a feeling about life imbued with melancholy, yearning and beautiful sorrow. In Bosnia it is expressed through their traditional sad song - sevdalinka. The death of their mutual friend and lover of sevdalinka, Farah, has brought musician Damir and director Marina together. Trying to deal with their own loss and grief, they decide to create a film about sevdah. They create it as an emotional, musical, lyrical and visual journey through the soul of Bosnia, through their own emotions and memories. Sevdah Pictionary is film that aspires to capture and transfer “sevdah”, feeling of life, which is expressed in most precise manner and in its purest form through sevdalinka. It is unique song, which was born and has been living for 400 years only in one, really small place in the world – Bosnia. In Bosnia, sevdah is as important as life, love, death, happiness, sorrow… and probably because it is so familiar and close to everyone. Sevdah expresses feeling of live, imbued with melancholy, yearning, beautiful sorrow. And sevdalinka is song expressing that emotion. After the war, Damir Imamovic, musician from Sarajevo, and Farah Tahirbegovic, writer, started their journey of researching and performing sevdalinka. Last year Farah passed away. Damir decided to continue the journey. As she was one of my best friends, I felt I have to follow him, making this film, as emotional, musical, lyrical and visual journey through souls of Bosnian people, dedicated to Farah. Instead of sevdah definition, this film is going to offer sevdah vizual dictionary - pictionary. Terms trying to “capture” sevdah will be brought to film by different people and their stories. We visit sevdalinka singers, today forgotten, but huge stars during the fifties’, discuss the old times with them, meet some of the new interpreters. We meet "ordinary" people: a woman in the grocery shop, a man in the barbery shop, taxist... and listen to them singing sevdalinka songs. We try to find out how has that musical form evolved over time, how come that it remained so alive and present among people, what does it say about Bosnia, which way of life and feeling of life is expressed in sevdalinka in the best possible way. Whether we call it Bosnian fado, or Bosnian blues, the fact remains that sevdalinka is truly Bosnian only; it was born and it spread within borders of a small country. However, its beauty, what it sings about, and emotion it conveys, exceeds those borders; they belong to human spirit.
Cash & Marry
Marko and Atanas are two dudes whose lives would be sweet as strudel but for an annoying little problem with their papers. They need a European passport and they are prepared to do almost anything to get one, including buying a wife. With nothing but their brass necks and 7,000 euros, they set out to find the woman of their dreams — one who will walk them down aisle and then hang around long enough for the divorce. An odyssey through Vienna's immigrant netherworld, this real-life Green Card is an hilarious and touching insight into what it takes to jump the barriers of Fortress Europe.
Dead Man Walking
One day, the Bosnian Himzo Muratovic came back from the dead. People say it was a taxi with a Serbian license plate that dropped him off at his childhood home in Motovo in September 2004. After being presumed dead for 12 years, Muratovic was back in his native village. During the war, this Muslim village, located in the Serbian part of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was burnt to the ground by Serbian paramilitaries. Corpses of vanished villagers are still being uncovered in mass graves all over the country. When a monument was erected in memory of the victims a decade after the war ended, Himzo Muratovic was one of the names on the memorial. There was no sign he was still among the living. When he reappears out of thin air, and appears to be in good health, the village celebrates his homecoming. Soon, though, people start asking questions. "Where were you? How did you survive? Why haven't we heard anything from you?" Muratovic veils himself in silence. Dead Man Walking introduces neighbours, former employers, relatives and villagers who all discuss the mystery of Muratovic's return. Was he in a labour camp? Was he married to a Serbian woman? Or had he simply been lying low for 12 years? Gradually, the film unravels a story that is just as sad as it is happy.
Look at the life through my eyes
This is the story about very closed, very sole world located in onevillage in Macedonia, village where life is like a fairy-tale, almostlike lived in another time and space.People there look at the life through their eyes, very slowlyaccepting changes from the outside world, like not wanting to be partof it. They like to keep quiet about anything that does not fit into their fairy tale. The wishes, the fears, the fights, the secrets stay hidden behind the closed and high gates of the houses.
Little Miss Roma
Set in a Roma settlement deep in rural Croatia, Little Miss Roma paints an intimate portrait of Roma womanhood, and highlights the conflict between women's dreams and lack of opportunities. The story is set against the backdrop of a hot weekend in July, when the Roma community celebrates its annual Roma Ball and beauty pageant, and where only one woman can be crowned Miss Roma.
Joško is 24 and has a malignant tumor. His best friend is completely healthy and captures the most intimate moments of that exhausting struggle on camera. Sometimes those are not the most convenient moments for Joško, yet sometimes they prove to be the most efficient therapy for both of them.
Sofia's Last Ambulance
In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve a burgeoning population of several million, 47-year old Krassi Yordanov is our unlikely hero: chain-smoking and saving lives in a non-stop 48-hour shift. Krassi is the emergency doctor on one of Sofia’s last ambulances and today is the worst day of his life. This is a film about the regular working day of Dr. Krassi, nurse Mila and driver Plamen, a team working on an ambulance in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Struggling against an avalanche of absurdities in a crumbling medical system and scarcely earning enough to make a living, these three are simply trying to do what they do best – save lives.
A documentary film about the everyday life of refugees in Georgia, who escaped from the war in Grozny. The sphere of the story is Pankisi Gorge in Georgia, the neighbouring country of Chechnya, where hundreds of Chechen refugees run for shelter. There will be one main protagonist - Musa, a singer who tries to pass on the knowledge of the Chechen music; the everyday life of Musa’s family will be the central narration of the film. The central moment in the film is to describe the life of the children who live here, and the film narration will incorporate their monologues as they recall scenes from the past or speak about their future plans and dreams. The film’s structure will be small vignettes, small episodes of the children’s lives in Duisi primary school. At the beginning of each episode their name will be shown, which they will write with white chalk on a blackboard and introduce themselves. They tell us in their own way of their pain, joy and dreams...
The idea of the film is to follow several artists who are involved in graffiti art, all around the world (US, UK, France) to show their aims and hopes, their problems, obstacles they face when doing their art, as sometimes they might even end up in jail. Through their explanations of how the art works, we would like to form some sort of visual lexicon of the art that is very present but still very marginalized.
Djangarchi is a film about Oleg Mankuev, one of four throat singers, the Djangarchi, from Kalmikija. Kalmikija is an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation and the only Buddhist country in Europe. Djangar is an epic poem that has been sung since ancient times. This poem is the carrier of national pride and identity of the people of Kalmikija throughout generations. Djangarchi has also been called ‘the carrier of eternity‘. Conceived as an exciting road movie documentary, the film follows Oleg's journey from Kalmikija to Croatia, in search of his own identity and new musician friends. By singing this old epic poem, Oleg is about to leave his motherland Kalmikija and is about to go to Rijeka (Croatia) to cooperate with Damir Martinovic, the frontman and the producer of Let 3, a famous and surely the most eccentric Croatian band.