Wim Wenders to be guest at Sarajevo festival

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German director Wim Wenders will be one of the main guests at this year's Sarajevo Film Festival, a key regional film gathering, the organisers said Thursday.

"The Sarajevo Film Festival has the great honour to announce that the guest of its 17th edition is going to be one of the most prominent filmmakers of today, German director Wim Wenders," it said in a statement.

Wenders will present to the Bosnian audience his latest film PINA, a feature-length 3D documentary film about legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch, the festival organisers added.

Wenders will also give lectures to budding filmmakers at the Sarajevo Talent Campus, education programme organised by the Sarajevo Film Festival in cooperation with the International Film Festival in Berlin.

The jury for official competition at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which takes place from July 22 to 30, will be presided by Israeli director Ari Folman, while a special guest will be Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel.

The festival, launched during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, has become a must-see festival in southeastern Europe.

In 2010 more than 200 movies from 52 countries were shown at the festival.

© 2011 AFP

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