Celebrities, snipers, smuggling and courage; Sarajevo’s first film festival happened during Europe’s longest modern siege. Today the city’s artists still struggle in war’s aftermath.
Beyond the End of the World is a feature length documentary about Sarajevo’s first international film festival, held in 1993 during the height of Europe’s longest modern siege. Today the group of intrepid artists who hosted this seemingly impossible event continues to struggle against the ethnic divisions born in the aftermath of war. Using animation, archival footage, interviews and verité footage, Beyond the End of the World brings to life an incredible effort that involved Hollywood celebrities, international smuggling, and ordinary citizens risking their lives to go to the movies. It weaves this history with the modern day struggle of individuals trying to work as artists in a country where peace has yet to bring resolution. Can they once again overcome forces that wish to tear apart their city?
About the Filmmakers
Anne's film career began in 2005 when she edited two short films by the photographer Danny Lyon, Five Days and Murderers. In 2007 she joined the award-winning team at Ironbound Films and edited the Emmy nominated films The Linguists (Sundance, 2008) and The New Recruits. She has been an editor on several television films including ESPN’s 30 for 30: Fernando Nation, Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Robert Redford’s CNN series Chicagoland. Chicagoland was directed by Marc Levin and was nominated for an IDA limited series award. She collaborated with Natalie Merchant for an online series on Leave Your Sleep, a multidisciplinary film that introduces children to poetry through music. Her most recent film is Sporting Dreams, an Al Jazeera America film directed by Academy Award winner Leon Gast. Beyond the End of the World is her directorial debut.
Srdjan Sarenac is an award winning producer, film director and screenwriter. In 2005 he directed the documentary Selma – The Best Ballad Written by Goran Bregovic, which received the award for Best Movie shown out of official selection at the Documentary and Short Croatian Film Festival. Srdjan coproduced short fiction I Do Not Dream in German by Ivana Lalovic which premiered in Corto Cortissimo section of 65th Venice film festival, Italia in 2008. In 2010 he co-produced and directed the feature length documentary Village Without Women that premiered in official selection at IDFA Amsterdam and screened at 70 other film festivals. It won 14 awards including best feature length documentary film at ZAGREBDOX 2008. In 2015 he served as a local producer on the feature length documentary The Unforgiven by Lars Feldballe Petersen. In 2015 he produced and directed a documentary Two Schools Under the Same Roof which was supported by IDFA Bertha Fund as one of 10 selected from 288 films. Srdjan Sarenac is also a co-producer of feature fiction The Porcupine based on the novel by Julian Barnes and to be directed by award winning film director Srdjan Dragojevic.