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11' / 2013 / Bosnia and Herzegovina
English and spanish subtitled
Audience vote 4.96
It’s cold up on Mount Manjaca. "In the winter it snows, there's nowhere to go," says the central figure in Celebration. "We have to wait until someone comes to clear the road. Sometimes they come, and sometimes they don't." He diligently ploughs the knee-high snowdrifts as the wind howls at his ears. The landscape around him is white, the sky is gray and the trees are bare. In preparation for the Christmas celebrations, he draws water from the well while his mother milks the cows. Anything approaching a more moderate temperature – such as the water he hauls up from deep in the earth, or the udder-fresh milk – produces steam like boiling water. The long tongue the cow uses to lick her nose suddenly seems very appealing. The son talks about his favorite stuff to watch on TV, including local shows and Steven Seagal’s True Justice. With one eye on his livestock as they drink from ice holes in a frozen brook, he confesses his ambitions of becoming a TV host. But everything in his Spartan surroundings underlines his isolation from that other, inhabited world of his secret dreams.
IDFA Student Selected program
Montenegro Film Festival 2013 - Grand Prix for best student documentary
Duka Fest, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013 - Best photography
Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia, 2013 - Special jury award
Dajan Javorac is third year student at Academy of Art Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
While directing his films he is also director of photography which he uses to experiment in combination of two roles. He filmed one short fiction and one short documentary and both won on different international festivals. Dajan filmed short documentary Celebration that not only won several awards, but also was selected at IDFA Student Program. His short fiction film won Special jury award at Sarajevo Film Festival.
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