GUEST: STEFAN PAVLOVIć (ONLINE DISCUSSION)
Looking for Horses
Stefan Pavlović, NL/BIH/F 2021, 88 min, Bosnian Original with English Subtitles
While searching for his grandmother’s house in Bosnia, the filmmaker encounters a local legend: a man lives alone on a deserted island by the lake. Zdravkro is a war veteran who has found refuge in solitude and spends his days fishing for catfish. The lake, he says, saved him back then.
Zdravko lost his hearing during the war. Stefan, the director, has trouble speaking. His mother tongue is no longer familiar to him, and sometimes he stutters. During their time together, in which they visit Zdravko’s island cottages, talk about the past and observe the landscape from the water, the two lonely men get to know each other and grow closer. Despite all communication problems, a friendship develops. The film observes the process of their growing closer, a chain of shared everyday moments, with sensitivity and care and takes us on a personal journey between the present and the past. (fb)