Syrian refugee-themed film opens Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo, Aug 12 (IANS) A film featuring a story about a Syrian refugee in the Finnish capital Helsinki opened the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday night.

The film, “The other Side of Hope”, is directed by Finnish director Aki Karusimaki.

The Sarajevo Film Festival, launched in 1995, has become a cultural event in the Balkan region. Some 100,000 fans are expected to visit Sarajevo during the event, Xinhua quoted organisers as saying.

American director Oliver Stone and legendary British comedian John Cleese are expected to receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for their remarkable contribution to the art of film.

In the following eight days, movie lovers will be able to watch 235 films in 18 different programs, featuring 43 world premieres from 54 countries and regions.

In addition, fourth Somersby Bridge was opened at the same time, which was an entertaining event offering visitors 8 unforgettable concert by bands from BiH and the region.

–IANS

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