Lejla

A film by: Stijn Bouma

Lejla is a young woman from Sarajevo who feels stuck in her life, working in a fast food restaurant and taking care of her elderly father. One day she meets Vedad and they fall in love. Vedad offers her the possibility of leaving together with him, but she is unsure about what’s best for her future.

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Genre: Fiction
Length: 21’55″
Completion: 05/2017
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Bosnian
Subtitles: English

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Festivals:

  • Festival de Cannes, France (17 – 28 May, 2017)
    Cinéfondation Selection
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (11 – 18 August, 2017)
    BH Film Student Competition
  • Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Finland (14 – 24 September, 2017)
    Short Film Competition
  • Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (20 – 29 September, 2017)
    Forum van de Regissurs & Special: Dutch Students Abroad
  • Festival of Mediterranean Short Film Tangier, Morocco (2 – 7 October, 2017)
    Competition
  • Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival, Egypt (7 – 12 October, 2017)
    Short Film Competition
  • IndieCork Festival, Ireland (8 – 15 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Princeton Independent Film Festival, United States (9 – 11 November, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia (11 – 19 November, 2017)
    Out of competition: Bosnian Short Films
  • Shift Film Festival, the Netherlands (16 – 18 November, 2017)
    Opening program
  • EKADESHMA International Short Film Festival, Nepal (16 – 19 November, 2017)
    Official Selection: Future of Cinema Won: Best Short Film
  • Eindhovens Film Festival, the Netherlands (6 – 10 December, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Sharm El Sheikh Film Festival, Egypt (3 – 9 March, 2017)
    Short Film Competition
  • Ammehoela Film Festival, the Netherlands (31 March, 2018)
    Official Selection
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (11 – 15 April, 2018)
    Dutch Competition
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, United States (12 – 18 April, 2018)
    Official Selection

Director: Stijn Bouma
Screenplay: Stijn Bouma
Producer: Sarajevo Film Academy: Emina Ganic; Alchemic Film: Stijn Bouma, Ibrahim Karatay, Paul Oscar Kanter
Cinematographer: Lorenzo Fabbro
Sound: Jesse Maasdam
Editor: Fatih Tura
Production design: Chrystyan Romero
Cast: Lejla Hadžić, Vedad Terzić, Slobodan Čabaković