BHFF PRESENTS: MARTA HERNAIZ PIDAL
The BHFF / Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is proud to present a Q&A with Marta Hernaiz Pidal as part of the sixteenth annual festival! On Thursday, April 11, Hernaiz Pidal joins us following the 8:45pm screening of her film The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić, a moving drama that seamlessly blurs fiction and documentary in chronicling the life of a single mother whose young child is diagnosed with autism. See the trailer here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKywSInsN9w
Marta Hernaiz Pidal is a Mexican filmmaker with a degree in film and television, and a master’s degree in fine arts with a specialty in film direction obtained at the film.factory school in Sarajevo, which was founded by the renowned Hungarian director Béla Tarr. In 2016, her short film Dobro was part of the official selection of Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondátion section. Her first feature film, The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić saw its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum 2018.
Tickets to The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić and Q&A with Hernaiz Pidal are on sale now!
In Hernaiz Pidal’s The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić, Nada is a dedicated single mother, disaffected with her tumultuous domestic life yet unable to piece together a plan to change it. After Nada finds out her daughter is on the autistic spectrum, together they embark on a journey through the Balkans in search of peace with the past, and acceptance of new realities. On their long drive through the foggy, rainy countryside, and away from the chaos of home, perhaps they can form new bonds, and learn new ways to communicate with one another. The BHFF invites you to join us for this special presentation and Q&A with Hernaiz Pidal on Thursday, April 11, at 8:45pm!
The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić (Writer/Director Marta Hernaiz Pidal) has won the Jury Prize at the @Festival International de Films de Femmes, one of the oldest and most important festivals for women filmmakers!
Here were the comments from the jury:
« Comme des chasseurs d’éclairs, on attend un moment où l’on peut se retrouver à contempler le spectacle que peut nous donner à voir une tornade, à se passionner pour des objets pris à l’intérieur, se dire qu’on ne les avait jamais vus comme ce...
" like lightning hunters, we're waiting for a moment where we can find ourselves to contemplate the show that can give us to see a tornado, to is for objects taken inside, to say that we've never seen them Like this before. This is what we offer the chaotic life of nada kadic, by a whole singular look... " - Fiction Jury
Congratulations Marta and the team!
On Monday 25th Feb at the lovely and quaint cinema The Nightingale, Emma Rozanski's striking and weird debut feature film PAPAGAJKA (accompanied by two lovely shorts by up and coming directors) screened to a full room, followed by a robust and interesting Q&A with the director following the screening - @NightCine http://nightingalecinema.org/ #SupportIndieFilm #womeninfilm
This week, Emma Rozanski’s short film PANGAEA, screens as part of the Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), a week of live film screenings, talks and workshops held by the Sharjah Art Foundation. Our Marta Hernaiz Pidal was the cinematographer on the film and it was shot in Sarajevo on location among the striking brutalist architecture of Sarajevo’s main TV station.
Festival website and programme: http://sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/programme/sharjah-film-platform
Congratulations to our Bistrik7 colleagues Marta Hernaiz Pidal and André Gil Mata ! Both are premiering feature films at Berlinale this year, along with our teacher Guy Maddin. Viva la família de Sarajevo and Bistrik7!
Here is the Press Release from The Berlinale:
-Mamonga, Stefan's first fiction feature, is in pre-production - A three-part film, set in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Shooting starts on winter in Tuzla, Bosnia. The project was selected for Kino Der Kunst Project Pitch in Munich, part of the film festival by the same name, held this April, where 8 alumni of European film academies have been selected to compete for the main prize (post-production funding by ARRI), awarded by the jury presided by Doryun Chong, main curator of M+ museum in Hong Kong.
The festival will also screen his short film "The Bucket Rider" as a part of their official program.
Gonzalo Escobar Mora's short film (a Bosnian/Colombian co-production) POOL VERSION screens this week in South America's oldest film festival, FICCI, in Cartagena Colombia.
Info and screenings: https://tinyurl.com/zr4ycur
The festival is also paying tribute to one of our film.factory teachers/mentors, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (http://www.kickthemachine.com): http://ficcifestival.com/pelicula.php?p=XG3C6fwmZmJn9egB1nwASvgCXG3C6fwm
Marta Hernaiz-Pidal's short film DOBRO had its USA premiere at New York Film Festival in October as part of the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, this narrative program features seven unique films from seven countries in six different languages.
DOBRO is also part of the official competition at Film Femmes Mediterranean in MARSEILLE http://www.films-femmes-med.org/
And is in oficial selection of Festival du Court Métrage Méditerranéen: http://www.ccm.ma/14fcmmt/programtg4.html
Emma Rozanski's debut feature film premieres at South by South West Film festival (SXSW), March 2016:
A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir's reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his apartment and colonizes his life. She manipulates his dreams. Finally she threatens his very existence.
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom / Language: English and Bosnian
Year: 2016 / Runtime: 81min