Safe Place Sigurno mjesto
Juraj Lerotić / Croatia, Slovenia / 2022 / 102 min / Croatian
The Croatian director, who also stars in the lead role, based this film on his own traumatic personal experience. Unfolding in a single day, the film focuses on that most pressing issue of all: saving a loved one. Winner of the Ljubljana and Sarajevo Film Festivals and recipient of the Leopard prize for the Best First Feature in Locarno.
Safety Last! Safety Last!
Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor / USA / 1923 / 73 min / Silent
A timeless classic from the golden age of silent comedy boasts one of the most iconic shots ever filmed with “the third genius” of silent cinema, Harold Lloyd, hanging desperately from the hands of a skyscraper clock.
Saint Omer Saint Omer
Alice Diop / France / 2022 / 122 min / French
A French director of Senegalese origin immerses herself in the complex case of a young immigrant accused of infanticide, in order – as she puts it – to talk about the unfathomable emotions of a mother and to give a voice to invisible women. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Lion of the Future for Best First Film at the Venice Film Festival.
Ben Asamoah / Belgium, Netherlands / 2019 / 81 min
Ben Asamoah’s documentary tackles the hidden industry of Internet scamming, efficiently giving the audience a chance to formulate its own questions about the economic, religious, environmental, historical and ethical aspects of the subject matter.
Sami Blood Sameblod
Amanda Kernell / Sweden, Norway, Denmark / 2016 / 110 min / Swedish / 13+
Elle-Marja is a member of the Sami community and lives in the middle of Lapland in the 1930s. She is enrolled in the local school to gain a basic education, before being expected to return to the folds of her native people as soon as possible. But Elle-Marja begins to suspect this new and different world with its promise of infinite opportunities.
Samouni Road La strada dei Samouni
Stefano Savona / Italy, France / 2018 / 129 min / Arabic
The film conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.
Lois Patiño / Spain / 2023 / 113 min / Swahili, Lao
A sensory cinematic experience capturing the intercorporeal journey of a soul through the afterlife, from Laos to Zanzibar. In a transcendent sequence, the audience is asked to close their eyes and surrender to a soundscape accompanied by bursts of colour still visible through closed eyelids.
Miroslav Mandić / Slovenia, Italy / 2020 / 89 min / Slovene
Bruno and Duša live in the same nursing home, both suffering from dementia. While they enjoy each other’s company, their moments together are soon forgotten. Still, something drives them to keep meeting, each time feeling like the first.
Matthew Somerville / United Kingdom, North Macedonia, Czech Republic / 2021 / 71 min / Croatian, Slovene, Serbian, Bosnian
Mira Furlan becomes the voice of the river Sava. On its 990-kilometre journey downstream, the longest river of former Yugoslavia communicates with people who share their memories, dreams, and visions of the future. According to its British director Matthew Somerville, this contemplative documentary is “a love letter to the Balkans, to the Sava, and to Mira Furlan”.
Scarred Hearts Inimi cicatrizate
Radu Jude / Romania / 2016 / 141 min / Romanian
Jude’s most visually compelling work is a drama about human ability to overcome physical infirmity with the strength of mind. Screen adaptation of the eponymous novel by Max Blecher, who died at the early age of 29 after ten years of being immobilised by his disease.