By David Caspi
Golden Globe winning director, Ari Folman, will head the jury for the upcoming Sarajevo film festival, to commence next weekend. Founded in 1995, during the siege of Sarajevo, The film festival is the premier and largest film festival in the Balkans, and one of the largest in Europe. The featured events draw international and local celebrities to Sarajevo every year.
Folman will head the jury during the festival, which will take place July 22-30. Past jury heads of the festival include well renowned British director Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake), who is of Jewish decent, and also Academy Award winning English actor Jeremy Irons.
Folman (48) is a leading director, and has also been head writer of well received tv series “Parashat Ha’Shavua” and “Shabatot Ve’Hagim”. He gained his world recognition with the film “Waltz with Bashir”, which he wrote, narrated and directed. The film won the 2009 Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. The film follows Folman’s own memories of the aftermath of the 1982 “Sabra and Shatila” massacre which took place when he was a 19-year old soldier.
Most recently Folman has been working on his first big budget American feature “The Congress”, starring Harvey Keitel, Robin Wright and Paul Giamatti. The sci-fi drama is tentatively set to be released in 2012 and is based on the polish writer Stanislaw Lem’s novel of the same name.