Tuesday, August 26, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (26 August,2008) - The Sarajevo Film Festival, which opened on August 15th, closed with a screening of "The Usual Suspects", starring US actor Kevin Spacey, who attended the festival.The Bosnian capital Sarajevo, which became "a vibrant city that never sleeps", hosted more than 100,000 visitors during the festival's nine days. It offered side events, concerts and performances in addition to 20 film screenings a day. Over 1,300 accredited guests and 650 journalists attended the festival.

The joint Croatia-Bosnia production "Buick Riviera" won Best Film and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize at the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF). Goran Rusinovic, a Croatian, directed the film, based on a book by Miljenko Jergovic. Actors Leon Lucev and Slavko Stimac, who co-starred in the movie, shared the Best Actor award.

Finally, with an average mark of 4.78, "The Usual Suspects" won the Audience Award, surpassing the Bosnian documentary "The Seeker" by 0.02 points.

Two-time Oscar winning Hollywood actor and film director Kevin Spacey signs autographs at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Two-time Oscar winning U.S. actor Kevin Spacey on the red carpet, at the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival, in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. In honour of his arrival, the Festival organized a special screening of his cult movie The Usual Suspects by director Bryan Singer, the role in which he was awarded his first Academy Award. A total of 174 movies from more than 40 countries was presented within 12 programs during the nine-day long festival.

Two-time Oscar winning U.S. actor Kevin Spacey, left, and Mirsad Purivatra, right, the director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, on the red carpet, at the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival, in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008.

Sarajevo Film Festival Director Mirsad Purivatra received the Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, one of France's highest prizes for an outstanding contribution to spreading French culture or promoting global cultural heritage.

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