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KORIDA wins documentary award in Freistadt

KORIDA won the documentary award at Freistädter “Der neue Heimatfilm” festival.

The movie convinced the jury with it’s “narrative strenght as well as the epic visual format, slow motions and smart montage.”

Korida @ Festival “Der neue Heimatfilm”

We are glad, that KORIDA will be screened at the Austrian Festival DER NEUE HEIMATFILM in Freistadt, Upper Austria! KORIDA is in competition for the documentary award of the festival! The Festival takes place from August 24th till August 28th 2016.

Find here the screening dates:

August 25th 2016, 05:45 pm, Local-Bühne, OmdU
August 26th 2016, 11:00 am, Local-Bühne, OmeU

Korida @ Sarajevo Film Festival

KORIDA will be screened at the 22. Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is in competition for the documentary award of the festival!

The Festival takes place from August 12th till August 20th 2016. Find here the screening date:

August 13th 2016, 08:30pm, Cinema City Multiplex, Screening Room 1

Trailer

Synopsis

The movie KORIDA accompanies its protagonists on their journey through the world of Bosnian bullfights, the Koridas, a subject rarely caught on film. In a Korida bullfight, bulls compete against bulls in an arena, yet unlike the Spanish Corrida de Toros no blood is shed.

KORIDA gives a unique insight into a society that tries to come to terms with its past war experiences in an unusual way. Is it true that Koridas have brought more peace to the Bosnian people than the European Union?


Protagonists


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RENATA

THE QUEEN

Renata is known beyond the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the „kraljica Korida“ – the queen of the Koridas. She works on a farm alongside her husband Pero and they are especially proud of their bull-breeding. Renatas public image on Facebook, Youtube, etc. are of upmost importance to her. As one of the only women in this male-dominated world of Koridas, she minds her image more than most colleagues. Her success and her confident public appearance brought her many enemies and made people envy her.



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STIPE

THE LEGEND

Stipe is 67 years old and one of the few remaining active bull breeders that have won Korida-competitions in former Yugoslavia. As a migrant worker he worked in Austria for a long time. The war forced him to relocate and leave his hometown for many years. Now he is back in Bosnia and works with his wife in his stable. His 9 children and 15 grandchildren are all abroad. Occasionally they come to visit, also to cheer for Stipe at the Koridas. For Stipe the Koridas are the only place where a true reconciliation between the three former hostile ethnics of the region has occurred.



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MARKO

THE FATHER

Marko is Stipes son and lives and works in Traiskirchen, a town in the outskirts of Vienna. Marko travels the long way to Bosnia several times every month, also to remind his three sons where their father is from. This includes introducing them to the world of Korida, in which their grandfather is an important figure.



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KINIJA

THE GOOD ONE

Kinija is an impoverished farmer, who lives with his family in a small house not far from the bosnian City Mrkonjic Grad. Contrary to many other active Korida-participants that often prepare up to a dozen bulls for the fights, Kinija possesses only one bull. For him, the collective „druzenje“, the joyful togetherness is most important.



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MUJAGA

THE MASTER

Mujaga Selman is a bull-breeder and karate-teacher. He was the first male kindergarten-teacher in former Yugoslavia. Today he works as director of the kindergarten in the city Kljuc. He is a regular and passionate participant at these competitions while carrying a historical consciousness for Koridas and the regions history. With this agenda he soon becomes a disturbance for many Korida-competitors: Mujaga dedicates himself to the relocation of a traditional Korida, since beneath the arenas there are suspected to be mass graves from the second world war.



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NENO

THE DOCTOR

Dr. Neno Dobrijevic is a renowned cardiologist from Banja Luka and a regular attendant at the big Koridas – even though he does not own a bull. He promotes the traditional Korida in the Grmec mountain region not to be relocate, in spite of criticism in Bosnia and Herzegovina suspecting a mass grave from the second world war to be located there. He entertains good connections to local politicians and international representatives – as sometimes the event of Korida is a highly political matter.

Crew


Director: Siniša Vidović
Screenplay: Senad Halilbašić & Siniša Vidović
Cinematography/DOP: Lukas Kronsteiner
Sound: Atanas Tcholakov
Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson
Editing: Cordula Werner
Music: Karwan Marouf
Sound editing / Sounddesign: Atanas Tcholakov
Audio postproduction: The Grand Post
Colour Grading: Digital Cube
Executive Producers: Raphael Barth & Arash T. Riahi
Producers: Arash T. Riahi & Karin C. Berger & Sabine Gruber


Director

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Siniša was born in Rijeka (Croatia) and has been living in Austria for the past 20 years. He studied film and video at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz. His graduation short film “Tata Morgana” was shown at prestigious festivals worldwide and won the Best Austrian Student Short Film Award 2008. In the same year he founded his production company Forafilm, which produced and directed several award-winning spots and commercials. KORIDA is his first feature length documentary film. Currently Siniša is developing various feature films for Austrian production companies as a writer and director.

2013 | FRENKIE „N…B…“ | Music Video
2012 | THE A.MEN „Fallin´ Down“ | Music Video
2008 | VATER MORGANA | Short
2008 | PAROV STELAR „Let´s Roll“ | Music Video
2006 | REPUBLIKA | Experimental
2005 | IN 3600 STUNDEN | Experimental
2004 | THE STEEL TOWN STORY | Short
2004 | ANDERE BAUSTELLE | Short

Director´s Statement

My journey into the world of the Koridas, the bullfights in former Jugoslavia, began at a young age. My father brought me along to one of these enormous events. I cannot recall much, except the raw power and force of the bulls which struck me, being a child as impressive and brutal.
After that, Koridas were of no specific significance in my life. Only with the end of the war, when I started to visit my native country more frequently again, I recognized and appreciated the ongoing interested in this competition. Hundreds and thousands of people meet every weekend in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina to cheer for these bulls. Why? The more I thought about it, the clearer it became to me: within the balkan region, Koridas have a similar position and relevance as the local folk music „Turbo-Folk“: many love it but few admit that.
It is perceived as simple entertainment for the blue-collar-masses. For the audience, the bullfights are mostly secondary anyway: The priority is the „druzenje“, the joyful togetherness.
Who are the people that live in this cosmos? And why does it seem to be one of the few major events of the region where no ethnic conflicts occur? These questions occupied me and led me to a perennial journey which culminates in this documentary film.

After a long time of research, these multi-confessional protagonists presented themselves, and my team and I accompanied them during one Korida-Season (approx. 1 year)
As diverse as these protagonists are, as significant are the themes that I deal with in this film: there is the impoverished Kinija, Marko who lives in Austrian exile, his father Stipe and Renata, one of the few woman that last in this world.
The audience does not only get a glimpse into the widely unknown realm of bosnian bullfighting, but also the people and their conflicts. The protagonists often say that in spite of the war between ethnic groups, there are currently no problems, at least not in the rural world of the Koridas. At the same time the film shows us, how one of the most important Koridas of the year cannot be held because of ethnic conflicts.
This contradiction between the protagonists claims and the hard and documented reality allows me to examine reality beyond the world of Koridas: it gave me a new perspective onto the fragile human relations of a crisis-ridden post-war-society.
Now I want to share and discuss this perspective with the audience.

Press

Awards

CineLink/Work-in-Progress Award – Documentary Rough Cut Boutique / Sarajevo Film Festival 2015
Digital Cube Award – Documentary Rough Cut Boutique / Sarajevo Film Festival 2015
HBO Adria Award – Documentary Rough Cut Boutique / Sarajevo Film Festival 2015
Local Artist Award – Crossing Europe Filmfestival 2016
Documentary Award – Freistädter “Der neue Heimatfilm” Festival 2016

 

Festivals

37. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2016
January 18th – 24th 2016, Saarbrücken, Germany
www.max-ophuels-preis.de

WORLD PREMIERE
nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY

DIAGONALE 2016 – Festival des österreichischen Films
March 8th – 13th 2016, Graz, Austria
www.diagonale.at

Crossing Europe Filmfestival 2016
April 20th – 25th 2016, Linz, Austria
www.crossingeurope.at

nominated for the LOCAL ARTIST AWARD

10. Int. Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2016
July 27th – August 07th 2016, Starnberg a.o., Germany
www.fsff.de

nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY

22. Sarajevo Film Festival 2016
August 12th – 20th 2016, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
www.sff.ba

nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY

29. Der neue Heimatfilm 2016
August 24th – 28th 2016, Freistadt, Austria
www.filmfestivalfreistadt.at

nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY

Press-downloads

KORIDA Press
KORIDA Filmposter
KORIDA Filmstills
Press picture Director

Technical Data

Running time: 87 Min
Original language: Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, German
Subtitles language: German, English
Screening format: DCP
Aspect Ratio: 1:2,35
Picture/Sec: 25
Sound format: Dolby Digital 5.1
Production country: Austria
Production year: 2016

Press-quotes

“A film that has thrilled the audience”
Kino Zeit

“Intense and with sacral poetry”
Diagonale 2016

“An impressive film”
uncut


Contact

Production Company

GOLDEN GIRLS
Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH
Seidengasse 15/3/20
1070 Vienna
Austria

T: +43 1 810 56 36
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