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Balkan films at the goEast Film Festival 2015
22 April 2015
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Starting from today, Wednesday 22nd April to Tuesday 28th April, the goEast Fim Festival 2015 will once again display a selection of the best current and historical productions from Central and Eastern Europe. Over the course of seven days, the festival, hosted by Deutsches Filminstitut, will present more than 100 films from 30 countries, including 21 German and five international premieres.

The goEast programme is divided into a total of seven sections, each with its own profile: Competition, Symposium, East-West Talent Lab, Beyond Belonging, Highlights, and Specials Portrait/Homage (alternately, annually). 

This year, goEast will award prizes totalling 30,000 euros. Six awards will be presented by four international expert juries at the 15th edition of the goEast Film Festival. In the main competition, a five-member jury will present the Award for Best Film, endowed with prize money of 10,000 euros, the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 euros) as well as the Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euros). The FIPRESCI jury will present the International Film Critic’s Award. In the Experimental Film and Video Art Competition, a three-member jury will present the Open Frame Award, with a prize of 5,000 euros, donated by the BHF-BANK Foundation. Quite few Balkan films and co-productions are inluded in this year΄s Competition section, which, in all, features ten fiction and six documentaries from 16 different production countries. 13 of these 16 Competition films will also be celebrating their German premieres at goEast.

Balkan films at the Competition programme

Why Me? by Tudor Giurgiu, Bulgaria/Romania/Hungary, 2015 

Flotel Europa by Vladimir Tomić, Denmark/Serbia, 2015 

Naked Island by Tiha K. Gudac, Croatia, 2014 

The Reaper by Zvonimir Jurić, Croatia/Slovenia, 2014 

No One΄s Child by Vuk Ršumović, Croatia/Serbia, 2014 

The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria/Greece, 2014

The awards and winners will be decided by the festival΄s International Jury for 2015: Czech producer Pavel Strnad will serve as the jury’s chairman. Joining him in selecting this year’s prizewinners are Bosnian director Ines Tanović, Romanian director Marian Crişan, Polish-born actress Anja Antonowicz and German festival organiser and film journalist Bernd Buder. 

Why Me? by Tudor Giurgiu

GoEast΄s other big section, Beyond Belonging, this year with the title “Film Against War – On Trauma and Reconciliation”, brings together feature and short films on the armed conflicts in Eastern Europe after 1989. In addition to the current war in Ukraine, Beyond Belonging will take a look at the still partially smouldering conflicts in the Caucasus and the wars that led to the break-up of former Yugoslavia. 9 Balkan feature and short films are inlcuded in the programme:

The Blacks by Goran Dević & Zvonimir Jurić, Croatia, 2009  
Ghetto 59 by Ines Tanović, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2014, 25΄

How to make a Refugee by Phil Collins, FYROM, 1999, 12΄

A day on the Drina by Ines Tanović, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2012, 17΄

The Fuse: Or how I burned Simon Bolivar by Igor Drljača, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Canada, 2011, 9΄

Real Man΄s Film by Nebojša Slijepčević, Croatia, 2012, 12΄

The Chicken by Una Gunjak, Croatia/Germany, 2014, 15΄

Three by Goran Dević, Croatia, 2008, 3΄

East-West Talent Lab/Experimental Film and Video Art Competition
The East-West Talent Lab concentrates on networking, bringing young filmmakers, artists and film students from Central and Eastern European countries and Germany together. It is divided into four programme areas: Screen (selected entries compete for the Open Frame Award, a prize of 5,000 euros), Meet, Learn und Present (The winning project idea will receive the goEast Development Award, a prize of 3,500 euros). These are the 5 Balkan films featuring at the section:

Mass Ornament #1. Watch out for Gorillas in your Midst by Marta Popivoda & Ana Vujanović, Serbia, 2014, 30΄

Our Body by Dane Komljen, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Germany/Serbia, 2015, 14΄

New Year΄s Eve by Artur Boruzs, Romania, 2014, 3΄

Sky Lines by Nadine Poulain, Serbia, 2013, 10΄

This time, Last year by Ana Maria Savin, Romania, 2014, 14΄

Ordinary People by Vladimir Perišić

In the section Highlights, this year goEast will show hit films from Central and Eastern Europe, which have already been met with enthusiasm in their home countries or at other festivals. Two of them, come from our neighborhood:

Monument to Michael Jackson by Darko Lungulov, Croatia/FYROM/Germany/Serbia, 2014

Four other additional Balkan screenings are featuring at the Special programme: Bota by Iris Elezi & Thomas Logoreci (Albania/Italy/Kosovo*, 2014) and the collection Films of the Manaki Brothers by Milton Manaki & Janaki Manaki, (FYROM, 1905 – 1923), while the Symposium programme has included two films from the past: Witness out of Hell by Živorad Mitrović (Yugoslavia/Germany, 1967) and Me and Beast by Edwin Zbonek (Yugoslavia/Germany, 1963).

Among the highlights of this year’s festival, in addition to the films of the Competition section, are the launch of the new pilot project Young Filmmakers for Peace, for which goEast, along with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, has invited young filmmakers to attend the festival to learn about the myriad issues surrounding filmmaking as it relates to war and peace, as well as the Symposium on the work of legendary German film producer Artur Brauner, which has until now remained largely uninvestigated along the East-West axis. 

Source: goEast official website
  Ordinary People
  The Blacks
  Monument to Michael Jackson
  Bota / Under The Canebrakes
  The Reaper
  No One`s Child
  Naked Island
  The Lesson
  Why Me?
  Flotel Europa
  Sailing to Paradise
  Vladimir Perisic
  Darko Lungulov
  Tudor Giurgiu
  Marian Crisan
  Zelimir Zilnik
  Igor Drljaca
  Zvonimir Juric
  Goran Devic
  Nebojsa Slijepcevic
  Marta Popivoda
  Ana Vujanovic
  Ines Tanovic
  Iris Elezi
  Thomas Logoreci
  Vuk Rsumovic
  Tiha K. Gudac
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Vladimir Tomic
  Blaz Zavrsnik
  goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden, 2013
  The 14th goEast Film Festival is On
  goEast Film Festival, 2014 Awards
  goEast 2015 official trailer
  goEast official website
  goEast on Twitter
  goEast on Facebook
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