'Kiss the Future', the film about Sarajevo produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, had its North America premiere at New York's Tribeca film festival opening on Wednesday. It is a documentary about wartime Sarajevo's relationship with Irish band U2, and covers the musicians' involvement in bringing the world's attention to the city under the siege.
The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International film festival earlier this year.
“A stirring testament to art’s enduring ability to cast light even in the darkest of circumstances, Kiss the Future follows an underground community that worked and created throughout the nearly four-year-long Siege of Sarajevo. Sensing that a larger voice is needed, an American aid worker makes a longshot pitch to U2 to help raise awareness about the Bosnian capital’s plight. The band immediately agrees and begins a series of live satellite interviews with local Sarajaevans during their 1993 ZOO TV Tour in an effort to highlight the direness of the situation on the ground. After those mid-concert interviews end, the band pledges to play a concert in the city once the conflict comes to a close. And when U2 arrives to perform a long-promised concert, the show becomes a monument to the strength and resilience of the people of Sarajevo, and art’s capacity to inspire and unite,” reads the film's description on the festival's official website.
The film was directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain, and the story was written by Bill S. Carter.
It stars Vesna Andree Zaimovic, Senad Zaimovic, Enes Zlatar, Alma Catal Hurem, Boris Siber, Gino Jevdjevic, Adam Clayton, Mirsad Purivatra, Bono and The Edge.
The 2023 Tribeca Festival, where the film was screened for the North America audience for the first time, will take place from June 7-18.