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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Cooling Waters

Cooling Waters

director: Jonas Scheu
original title: Hladivode
country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland
year: 2015
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

In a single take lasting several minutes, the film shows the village of Hladivode (whose names means “Cooling Waters”) near Sarajevo. After a slow tracking shot across an orchard, the camera zooms out to show a group of men engaged in conversation. They are filling in the bullet holes on a ruined building – a reminder of the recent events in the Balkan peninsula’s turbulent history.

biography

Jonas Scheu (1980) is a director, photographer and video artist. He has also shot documentaries in India (Amrit Nectar of Immortality, 2012) and in Myanmar (Ma Yan Chan – Waves of Transition, 2016).

more about film

director: Jonas Scheu
producer: Jean-Guillaume Sonnier
photography: Adnan Branković
music: Emmanuel Burnier
sound: Alain Guillebeau

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