Stefan Pavlović | France, Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2021 | 88 Min. | OmeU

13.05. | 9pm
De France, Saal 1 | TICKETS

Austrian Premiere

In presence of Stefan Pavlović

© Stefan Pavlović

On a trip to Bosnia, Stefan Pavlović meets the fisherman Zdravko by coincidence. Zdravko has lived a lonesome and secluded life on an island since he almost completely lost his hearing during the Yugoslav wars. Pavlović is the son of Bosnian parents but has largely forgotten his mother tongue. To make matters more difficult, he stutters. Despite their language and hearing difficulties, a friendship develops between the young filmmaker and the veteran, who shares with him his world of the lake filled with big catfish, wild horses, ample silence, and dangerous thunderstorms.

LOOKING FOR HORSES is a film about an unusual friendship, coming to terms with the past and the search for new ways of communication. 

Director: Stefan Pavlović
Camera: Stefan Pavlović
Editing: Sabine Groenewegen & Stefan Pavlović
Sound: Stefan Pavlović
Sound Design: Ranko Pauković
Production: Kostana Banović


Best Feature Award at Burning Lights Competition Visions du Réel 2021
Special Jury Award in the Documentary Competition at Sarajevo Film Festival 2021
Special Jury Mention, Festival international du film de Nancy 2021
Grand Prix at Corsica.Doc 2021
Grand Prix at International Feature Length Competition at RIDM 2021
Golden Key Feature Film Award at Kasseler Dokfest 2021

Visions du Réel – Burning Lights Competition (World Premiere)
Sarajevo Film Festival
Festival International du Film de Nancy
DOK Leipzig
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
MIDBO International Documentary Film Festival Bogotá
Cork Film Festival
Kasseler Dokfest
Cambridge FF
This Human World
Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival The Golden Kapok
Human Rights FF Zagreb
Trieste Film Festival
DocPoint Film Festival

Graduating with honors, Stefan received his BA in film directing at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In 2017 he was selected to participate in the documentary film residency Aristoteles Workshop in Romania. Mentored by Dutch filmmaker John Appel, he made his third short film ‘When the dragon came.’ The film had its premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2018, followed by its international premiere at the Krakow Film Festival. It would go on to win the Best Film Award at the Szczecin International Film Festival.
Stefan received his MA at the Netherlands Film Academy in Artistic Research in and through Cinema. His research, From filming intimacy to filming intimately, was nominated for the AHK Best Work Price and the Young Art Fund Amsterdam.
Stefan is currently based in Amsterdam and Looking for Horses is his first feature-length film.