Looking for Horses, a film by Stefan Pavlović

We are very happy to announce that Looking for Horses by Stefan Pavlović is the winner of the Burning Lights Competition at Visions du Réel 2021.

Looking for Horses  
by Stefan Pavlović
The Netherlands/Bosnia and Herzegovina/France
2021, 88 minutes

Production: artTrace
Coproduction: 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 – Documentary Film 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
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, Ismailia International Film Festival 2022
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2022

World Premiere: Visions du Réel – April 2021
2021 FID Marseille (French Premiere)
2021 Sarajevo Film Festival (Regional Premiere)
2021 Festival International du Film de Nancy
2021 Beldocs (Serbian Premiere)
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 South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, US
2022 Eastern Neighbours Film Festival, Den Haag
2022 Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht