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SXSW, Sarajevo Film Festival, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, East End Film Festival, San Francisco Independent Film Festival, Bosphorus Film Festival, Festival de Cine de Bogotá, Charlotte Film Festival, Pineapple Underground Film Festival, FIC Autor Film Festival Mexico, Director's Fortnight Kolkata, Bridge Film Festival, Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival

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Director's statement

The main theme I explore in Papagajka is apathy. In a way it’s a cautionary tale about indifference, yet the layers of story to allow for individual interpretation and imagination. I’m interested in exploring how people (and cultures) transform under psychological conflict, and how the mind adapts to survive in different environments. Being at the crossroads of time and culture in so many ways, Bosnia was the perfect place to do this. The two main characters are representative of different states of mind and transition. One is an ‘outsider’ who is completely unfamiliar with the surroundings she finds herself in, and the other is so entrenched in his bunker of a world, that it has become monotonous and inflexible. These conflicting points of view create the dramatic situation that enables us to view psychological transitions on varying levels, as these two differing minds cope with their adaptation, needs and desires.

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Rozanski has taken bold steps in her first feature film, “Papagajka,” setting her psychological thriller in the tumultuous background of Sarajevo.

IndieWire

Papagajka is downright gorgeous, full of long tracking shots that make the fantastic setting feel more like a personal exploration than a masterwork of location scouting. The plot progresses with as many obtuse conversations and dramatic pauses as one might expect, but it's grounded by a sense of humanity that's often lost in more indulgent artistic experiments.

The Austin Chronicle

Rozanski admirably has absolutely no intentions of giving into standard genre tropes and conventions. With its relatively sleight narrative and slow-yet-precise pacing, Papagajka relies a lot upon the visual and audible elements to compliment and inform the story. Rozanski leaves a lot up to the viewer’s discretion; the more actively people experience the film, the more they will get in return.

Smells Like Screen Spirit

Papagajka has some of the most beautiful cinematography to be seen at SXSW. Its narrative is a slow burn, a sparsely-worded psychological duel between two rudderless 20-somethings, but snowy rooftop scenes and spastic, dreamy montages involving a ballerina create a surreal visual throughline. This is the debut film of director Emma Rozanski, and she has all the tools to become a force in the arthouse world.

Flickchart

Adnan Omerovic (resembling Iggy Pop’s malnourished grandson) is deceptively quiet and reserved, expressing volumes with hardly any words. Susanna Cappellaro is (sic) also keeps the audience consistently off-balance. There is something hard to describe but eerily disconcerting about her presence.

JB Spins

The Eastern European wacky sad vibe of Kusturica, Kaurismäki and early Menzel runs deep but the dream logic of the associative style narrative places it in it’s own art house world.

Hammer To Nail

The film’s dreamlike quality and its dark sense of humor, announce the arrival of Rozanski as a truly unique voice.

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