Irons to lead Sarajevo festival jury

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LONDON -- British actor Jeremy Irons will head the main competition jury at the 13th annual Sarajevo International Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday.

The Oscar winner, who has more than 70 movie credits to his name, will lead a jury in judging films from throughout and beyond the Balkans, including works from Cyprus, Turkey, Kosovo, Hungary and host country Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The festival, founded in 1995 when Sarajevo was still under siege during the civil war that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia, has developed into a major event that has helped bridge regional animosities while bringing producers and filmmakers from across Europe and around the world together.

This year, Sarajevo will play host to the fourth annual Cinelink, an annual co-production market that attracts producers from across Eastern and Western Europe and acts as an incubator for projects from the festival's region.

The festival also is launching the first Sarajevo talent campus for upcoming young filmmakers. French actress Juliette Binoche, at the festival to present Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering," will be among the lecturers, as will U.S. actor-director Steve Buscemi.

Buscemi's latest film, "Interview," a remake of a film by Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who was murdered three years ago, will be shown in the festival's popular Heineken Open Air program. Minghella's "Breaking" also will screen in the program.

The main competition lineup will be announced nearer the opening of the festival, which runs Aug. 17-25.
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