Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Another surreal film moment

I thought I should add to the previous post by retelling a very odd experience with a film set in Sarajevo. I am not certain whether it was to do with the Richard Gere film "Spring Break in Bosnia". In any case, walking through Bascarscija one evening I discovered that the whole central area was blocked by film crews, actors, lights, cameras and so forth. Those passing by had to squeeze around the edges of the scene and push through past the crew and actors, as did I in an attempt to keep going on my route that night. As I followed behind some EU peacekeepers in uniform, one of the crew members asked the men in front of me whether they were the "real ones" (presumably otherwise they would be "fake ones", also known as "the actors").

Definitely an "Underground" moment.
Nuff said.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Roll on October....

First of all my apologies to people occasionally reading this blog, I haven't been very good at posting. I will try to write more.

I have recently returned from a two week trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina (we all tend to leave off Herzegovina from the name of the country and that really pisses off the Herzegovinians, so doing my bit to soothe some ruffled feathers).

My stay in Sarajevo started with a surreal landing at the airport where Richard Gere was filming his new film. There was barbed wire, sandbags, UN vehicles...it felt like a scene in Kusturica's "Underground" - the one where Blacky comes our from the shelter after 20 years underground (where he thinks that the war has continued all this time) and lands on a film set where a WWII movie is being filmed.