Looking for Horses is a film about a friendship between the filmmaker and a fisherman. One lost his mother-tongue because of a stutter, the other lost his hearing during the Bosnian civil war. They look for ways to communicate, while the camera mediates their growing bond.
Looking for Horses is a film about a friendship between the filmmaker and a fisherman, who lost his hearing during the Bosnian civil war and retreated to a lake to live in solitude. The filmmaker, son of Bosnian parents, struggles to communicate as he lost his mother-tongue due to a heavy stutter.
Despite their speech and hearing limitations, a bond develops between the young man and the veteran, as he shares his world of the lake: full of large catfish, wild horses, wide silences, and dangerous thunderstorms. Where for the fisherman the lake stands for a withdrawal from a fractured country, a land of war; for the filmmaker it precisely means the return to that broken place, the land of his parents. They look for ways to communicate, while the camera mediates their growing bond.
Taking the shape of a gentle western, 'Looking for Horses' is a poetic documentary on trauma, survival, and connection.
LOOKING FOR HORSES by Stefan Pavlović
Graduating with honours, 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 renowned Dutch film maker 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 debut feature length film.
• Looking for horses / 88 min / The Netherlands - Bosnia&Herzegovina - France / 2021, Visions du Reel - Burning Lights competition (2021)
• When the dragon came / 20 min / Romania / 2018, Szczecin Film Festival - Best Film Award - (Poland 2019), La Guarimba International Film Festival (Italy 2019), Pärnu Film Festival (Estonia 2019), Krakow Film Festival - International Premiere (Poland 2019), Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (The Netherlands 2018), Balkan Beyond Borders - Special Mention Award (Serbia 2018), Netherlands Film Festival - World Premiere (The Netherlands 2018)
• Horse / 30 min / Armenia / 2017, Dok'n'Ritam Film Festival - (Serbia 2017), Armenian Sound through Film - (Germany 2017)
• Pearl & Werther / 10 min / USA / 2016, La Guarimba International Film Festival - (Italy 2017), NewFilmmakers, Anthology Archives - (USA 2017), Boston Short Film Festival - BSFF Best Underground Short Film - (USA 2017), Next International Film Festival - (Romania 2016)