Looking for Horses, a film by Stefan Pavlović

Looking for Horses  

by Stefan Pavlović
The Netherlands/Bosnia and Herzegovina/France | 2021 | 88′

Production: artTrace
Co-production: KAMEN Artist Residency, Momento Films
Producer: Koštana Banović
Sales and distribution: Lightdox

Looking for Horses is a film about a friendship between the filmmaker and a fisherman who lost his hearing during the Bosnian war and retreated to a lake to live in solitude. The filmmaker, son of Bosnian parents, struggles to communicate as he lost his mother-tongue due to a heavy stutter and growing up with many different languages. Despite their hearing and speech limitations, a strong friendship unfolds between the young man and the veteran, as the fisherman shares his world of the lake. The camera mediates their growing bond. Taking the shape of a gentle western, Looking for Horses is a poetic documentary on trauma, survival, and connection.

BEST FEATURE AWARD, Burning Lights Competition, Visions du Réel 2021
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, Competition Programme,  Sarajevo Film Festival 2021
SPECIAL JURY MENTION, Festival International du Film de Nancy 2021
GRAND PRIX, Corsica.Doc 2021
GRAND PRIX, International Feature Length Competition  RIDM 2021
BALCANI CAUCASOTRANSEUROPA Best Documentary, Trieste Film Festival 2022
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, Ismailia International Film Festival 2022
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2022
AUDIENCE AWARD, SEEfest Los Angeles 2022
SPECIAL MENTION in the Feature section by the Youth Jury at Faito Doc Festival 2022
CIMBRICUM VERONENSE CURATORIUM AWARD in memory of Piero Piazzola and Mario Pigozz for the BEST FILM BY A YOUNG FILMMAKER, Lessinia FF 2022

World Premiere: Visions du Réel – April 2021
2021 FID Marseille
2021 Sarajevo Film Festival
2021 Festival International du Film de Nancy
2021 Beldocs
2021 Corsica.Doc
2021 DOK Leipzig
2021 Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
2021 MIDBO International Documentary Film Festival Bogotá
2021 Cork Film Festival
2021 RIDM
2021 Kasseler DocFest
2021 IDFA
2021 Porto/Post/Doc
2021 This Human World
2021 Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb
2022 Trieste Film Festival
2022 DocPoint Film Festival
2022 Santa Barbara IFF
2022 Ismailia IFF, Egypt
2022 Ann Arbor Film Festival
2022 American Documentary and Animation Film Festival AmDocs
2022 Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg
2022 South East European Film Festival-SEEfest, Los Angeles, US
2022 Eastern Neighbours Film Festival, Den Haag
2022 Taiwan International Documentary Festival
2022 Ethnocineca
2022 One World Romania
2022 Underhill Fest
2022 Faito Doc Festival
2022 Lessinia FF
2022 Asincronie Festival di Cinema Documentario e Fotografia
2022 Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries, Latvia
2022 Nederlands Film Festival, The Netherlands
2022 Aegean Docs, Limnos, Greece
2023 Ellipsis, The Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

And more
UnionDocs (Special Preview)
iii workspace, Cultural centre The Hague, The Netherlands