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Lights Of Sarajevo

After receiving standing ovations at the world premiere during the Sarajevo FF, the film started gaining fans abroad as well. It is a story of Sarajevo and its famous 50 years old cultural monument Skenderija told through music, lyrics and the memories of one of the cult rock bands of former Yugoslavia “Zabranjeno pusenje”.

SVJETLA SARAJEVA

Bosnia and Herzegovina | 2022 | 78 min

PRODUCTION: Amra Hadzihafizbegovic Deovic – Imaginarium; Al Jazeera, BH Telecom

SCREENPLAY: Davor Sucic (Sejo Sexon), Srdjan Perkic

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Srdjan Perkic

EDITING: Tomislav Josipovic

SOUND: Toni Lovic

Synopsis

The narrator, Sejo Sexon, leader of “Zabranjeno pusenje”, takes us on a nostalgic journey to the time when Sarajevo was the music centre of former Yugoslavia and when “Zabranjeno pusenje” was first formed. Sexon allows the audience into his most intimate moments and talks about his life and the life of the band, bringing back memories of his childhood and teenage dreams, all the ups and downs of the band leading up to the war, and to the post-war period when the band was triumphantly back on the music scene. In 2019, the band celebrated its 35th birthday as well as the 50th birthday of the Skenderija hall by throwing a concert to remember all its loyal fans.

Friday 25.11. / 21:30h / ZAAL 4

Saturday 26.11. / 22:00h / ZAAL 5

The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Srdjan Perkic.

Director’s statement

Sexon told an intimate and sincere story with details he never previously shared in the media. I remember my young production team laughing and crying at the same time while reading the script… We threw ourselves into the project with our heart and soul and without a completed budget. Had we not been so brave, the film would never have seen the light of day.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Sarajevo Film Festival, 2022 – World Premiere

Director’s bio

Srđan Perkić was born in Sarajevo in 1971. He is a photographer and a creative director. Since 1994, he has been living and working in Italy. In 2008, he formed the “Gruppo Pragma” marketing agency and has worked on many different projects as well as national and international campaigns.  A few years later, he started the „Prontacasa“ project together with Goran Dizdar, an architect from Sarajevo. Today, “Prontacasa” is one of the leading European brands in 2D/3D space visualisations. In 2019, he founded “NAVA – not a video agency” which creates commercial videos. “Lights of Sarajevo” is his first documentary film.