Film Archive

One Day in Sarajevo

Documentary Film
Austria,
Bosnia-Herzegovina
2015
60 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Damir Ibrahimovic, Jasmila Zbanic
Jasmila Zbanić
Christine A. Maier
Isabel Meier
Igor Camo
On 28 June 1914, Gavrilo Princip shot the heir presumptive to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo. A momentous assassination that is considered to have triggered the First World War.

Exactly 100 years later, Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who has already tried to come to terms with history in her award winning feature films, visits the site of the historic event and asks people what they think of the assassin. Some see Princip as a national hero who fought for Bosnian freedom; others see him as a terrorist who destroyed the existing order. Žbanić mixes her own material with images the inhabitants and tourists recorded on their mobile devices, juxtaposing these contemporary images with excerpts from feature films about the assassination. The result is a multilayered view of the event and its consequences, not without some funny moments but primarily a reflection about what a nation deduces from its history. In Sarajevo, almost ahistorical moments of celebrations with marching children in uniform and machine guns are set against the critical voices of the counter-demonstrators who, in the spirit of the Occupy movement, are fighting against a new occupation of Bosnia: this time by capitalism.

Lina Dinkla
International Programme 2015
Since the World Was World Günter Schwaiger

Slaughtering, ploughing, harvesting grapes and searching for illegal marihuana plants in the cornfield. Being a farmer in Castile: doggedly traditional in the crisis – a warm-hearted observation.

Since the World Was World

Documentary Film
Austria,
Spain
2015
103 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Günter Schwaiger, Cristina G. Alía
Günter Schwaiger
Bence Boka, Los Linces
Günter Schwaiger
Günter Schwaiger, Martin Eller
Günter Schwaiger
Cristina García Alía
Gonzalo is a farmer of the old school who lives with his family in Castile. To be called an agronomist would probably be an insult to someone like him. His way of managing things is in many ways the opposite of the all-devouring economisation of all areas of life. But he only chose this existence as a resistance fighter half-freely – the other half was forced upon him. First of all by a tradition that’s effectively in his bones. Then by a deep rootedness in the soil that nourishes him. And finally by a sturdy philosophy that makes him say such simple and clear things like: “When everyone was throwing money out of the window and lighting fires with banknotes, our kind was considered outdated and backward. Now that most people have lost everything the others are no better off than us, and we are more or less the same.”

Empathetic “Schadenfreude” und a surrealist sense of humour are essential parts of Gonzalo’s rustic world. Günter Schwaiger’s affectionate long-term observation of this world could also be seen as cinematic medication to strengthen our immune system against the temptations of consumerism and agricultural capitalism – defences our mind urgently needs.

Ralph Eue