‘Looking for Horses’ is a film about a friendship between the filmmaker and a fisherman, who lost his hearing during the Bosnian civil war and retreated to a lake to live in solitude. The filmmaker, son of Bosnian parents, struggles to communicate as he lost his mother tongue due to a stutter. Despite their speech and hearing limitations, a bond develops between the young man and the veteran, as he shares his world of the lake: full of large catfish, wild horses, wide silences, and dangerous thunderstorms.
For the fisherman, the lake stands for a withdrawal from a fractured country, a land of war; for the filmmaker it precisely means the return to that broken place, the land of his parents. They look for ways to communicate, while the camera mediates their growing bond. Through its formal choices, this poetic documentary explores the connection between language, friendship and trauma.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
World Premiere: Visions du Réel – April 2021
2021 FID Marseille (French Premiere)
Upcoming: Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug. 13-20)
- Burning Lights competition, Best Feature Award, Visions du Réel 2021
“Stefan Pavlovic’s gentle, thoughtful documentary captures the growing bond between the filmmaker and a solitary fisherman living with the aftermath of the Bosnian conflict.”Allan Hunter, Screendaily
“an unexpectedly fresh experimental documentary… an original and very touching piece of art from a filmmaker who is not afraid to bare his own insecurities, fears and doubts.”Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa
” an ode to an unusual friendship.”Anna Marie de la Fuente, Variety
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Stefan Pavlović, 1989. He received his BA in film directing at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In 2017 he was selected to participate in the documentary film residency Aristoteles Workshop in Romania. Mentored by renowned Dutch film maker John Appel, he made his third short film When the dragon came. The film had its premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2018, followed by its international premiere at the Krakow Film Festival, among many others. It would go on to win the Best Film Award at the Szczecin International Film Festival. Stefan received his MA at the Netherlands Film Academy in Artistic Research in and through Cinema. His research, under a theoretical framework he called from film intimacy to filming intimately, was nominated for the AHK Best Work Price and the Young Art Fund Amsterdam. Looking for Horses is his first feature length film, which premiered at Visions du Reel (2021) where it won the Best Film Award in the Burning Light competition.
Looking for Horses (2021)
When the dragon came (2018)
Direction, image, sound Stefan Pavlović
Editing Sabine Groenewegen & Stefan Pavlović
Sound Design Ranko Pauković
Composer Karsten Fundal
Producer Koštana Banović
Production company artTrace Foundation
Co-production KAMEN artist residency, Momento! Films
PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Koštana Banović (b. 1960, Sarajevo) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She works with various media including drawing, performance, (video-)installation, and film. Her films have been numerously awarded and screened at film festivals internationally, such as the IFFR in Rotterdam and Ji.hlava IDFF in Jihlava. She has exhibited across multiple international exhibition platforms, cultural-exchange residencies, and performed long-lasting artistic research in especially Bahia, Brazil and the countries of Former Yugoslavia. Her work is collected by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. She has also actively engaged in several art-educational and pedagogical contexts, was long-time teacher at the University of Arts in Utrecht (HKU) in the Fine Arts department, and guest teacher at various (post-)graduate institutes such as the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Currently, she is the director of Eastern Neighbour Film Festival, in The Hague, and the artistic director of KAMEN artist residency in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
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