Sarajevo Songs of Woe



Sarajevo Songs of Woe

Germany – Boznia and Herzegovina | 2016 | DCP | Color- B&W | 140 min | Fred Kelemen

Director: Fred Kelemen
Script: Fred Kelemen
Producer: Fred Kelemen
Cinematography: Irfan Brkovic, Andreea Dobre, Naumi Doksevsk, Ana-Maria Draghici, Flóra Fecske, Fred Kelemen, Claudia Kovács, Lev Predan Kowarski, Dario Sekulowski, Orlin Stanchew, Radu Voinea
Music: Zoe Polanski
Edition: Annett Ilijew, Fred Kelemen, Friederike Schuchardt
Cast: Edin Avdagic Koja, Balázs Bodolai, Iskra Jirsak, Ivana Pavlakovikj
Production Company: Kino Kombat Filmmanufactur

As a film triptych composed of two stories: Blue Ballad for Lovers and Blue Rondo for Survivors, connected by the documentary Blue Psalm for Wolves. The stories flow to build a universal mosaic of fragmented life that is located in the city of Sarajevo. The camera follows different protagonists and connects them in a circular dance of hope and anguish, love and death, and the search for a dignified life, which struggles frailly between the longing for the warmth of love and the coldness of our civilization reality.

Fred Kelemen
He studied painting, music, philosophy, religious science and drama studies and worked in various theatres as a director’s assistant before beginning his studies in directing and cinematography at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb) from 1989 to 1994. He graduated from the dffb with a diploma as a director and as a cinematographer.
For his diploma film Fate he received the German National Film Award in 1995. Since then, he has made a number of films and videos as director and collaborated as cinematographer with several film directors like Joseph Pitchhadze (Sweets, Israel 2013), Béla Tarr (Journey to the Plain, Hungary 1995, The Man from London, Hungary/France/Germany 2007, The Turin Horse, Hungary, France, USA, Germany 2011), Rudolf Thome (The Visible and the Invisible, Germany 2006), Gariné Torossian (Stone, Time, Touch, Canada/Armenia 2005).
In 2016/17 Fred Kelemen performed as an actor in the film Suspiria by Luca Guadagnino with Tilda Swinton, Ingrid Caven, Angela Winkler, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth besides others.
Since 1995 he has worked as an associate professor and has given master classes and lectures at the following institutions: Centre of Cinematographical Studies of Catalania (C.E.C.C.) in Barcelona/Spain, College of Fine Arts (ESBAG) in Geneva/Switzerland, Harvard University / USA, Kidderminster College / England, Latvian Cultural Academy (LKA) in Riga, University of Santiago de Chile - Department of the Arts and Sciences of Visual Medias, Thammasat University Bangkok/Thailand, German Film and TV Academy Berlin (dffb)/Germany, Tel Aviv University – Department of Film and Television/Israel, National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) Lyon/France, Film Factory Sarajevo/Bosnia-Herzegovina and at the HBK Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany.
Since 2000 he has directed several plays at different theatres in Germany.
Retrospectives of his work have been presented at places like the Anthology Film Archives New York, the Tate Modern London, the Hungarian National Film Theatre Budapest and at cinematheques, film museums and film festivals worldwide.

With his film production company Kino Kombat Filmmanufactur he produced his film Krisana/Fallen (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and he produced or co-produced the films Moskatchka by Annett Schütze (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and Fragment by Gyula Maár (producer: Béla Tarr/TTFilmmühely, Hungary, 2007) and Roku Roka (Hand in Hand) by Jana Marsik (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Visison, Latvia - Jana Marsik Gemany 2008).
Fred Kelemen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) /USA, the European Film Academy (EFA), the German Film Academy and of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).

Warsaw International Film Festival
Vilnius International Film Festival
Yerevan International Film Festival "Golden Apricot"
Sarajevo International Filmfestival
Wroclaw International Film Festival "New Horizons"
Slow Fest Suprasl