World-renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders received the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his exceptional contribution to the art of film at the opening ceremony of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday evening.
“We are delighted to honour one of the central figures of modern cinema. With his work in the field of visual arts as an exceptional filmmaker and photographer, Wim Wenders continues to give the audience unforgettable stories and emotions”, said Festival Director Mirsad Purivatra.
Wenders came to international prominence as one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema during the 1970s and is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of film.
He will hold a Masterclass at the Sarajevo National Theatre on August 16th.
The festival’s ‘Tribute To’ programme, which will start on August 14th, will include a retrospective of Wenders’ selected films, opening with ‘Alice in the cities’ which will be followed by a Q&A with the German filmmaker. The screening of his ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ will take place the same day.
Wenders’ cult film ‘Paris, Texas’ will be screened on August 16th and the director will introduce his film ‘Until the End of the World’ a day later.
Wenders visited Sarajevo before, ten years ago, when he presented his revolutionary 3D Oscar-nominated film ‘Pina’ at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2011.