Already 162 films, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe including the Caucasus Region and Turkey, are shown at this year’s sixth edition of LET’S CEE in Vienna and meanwhile also in Graz, Salzburg and Villach. There will be 50 Austrian premieres in the four strong main competitions alone. All together the festival will present more than 140 Austrian premieres.
12 films are competing in the Feature Film Competition curated by the Polish film critic Michał Oleszczyk.
Birds Are Singing in Kigali (Poland) Directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
Directions (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Germany)Directed by Stephan Komandarev
Dovlatov (Russia, Serbia, Poland)Directed by Alexey German Jr.
Falling (Ukraine)Directed by Marina Stepanska
Ice Mother (Czech Republic, Slovakia, France)Directed by Bohdan Sláma
Ivan (Slovenia, Croatia)Directed by Janez Burger
Men Don’t Cry (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)Directed by Alen Drljević
November (Estonia, Poland, Netherlands)Directed by Rainer Sarnet
Pororoca (Romania, France)Directed by Constantin Popescu
Silent Night (Poland)Directed by Piotr Domalewski
Something Useful (Turkey, France, Germany, Netherlands)Directed by Pelin Esmer
The Gateway (Ukraine, USA)Directed by Volodymyr Tykhyy
In the Documentary Competition, curated by Croatian-born filmmaker from the Netherlands Rada Šešić, half of the ten works were made by female filmmakers.
Avec L’amour (Macedonia)Directed by Ilija Cvetkovski
Debut (Belarus)Directed by Anastasiya Miroshnichenko
My Life Without Air (Croatia)Directed by Bojana Burnać
No Place for Tears (Turkey)Directed by Reyan Tuvi
Over the Limit (Poland, Germany, Finland)Directed by Marta Prus
The White World According to Daliborek (Czech Republic) Directed by Vít Klusák
Ultra (Hungary, Greece)Directed by Balázs Simonyi
Undercovered (Bosnia-Herzegovina)Directed by Nejra Latić Hulusić and Sabrina Begović-Ćorić
When the War Comes (Czech Republic, Croatia)Directed by Jan Gebert
Wonderful Losers: A Different World (Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Latvia)Directed by Arūnas Matelis
13 films will take part in the Competition Promising Debuts this year.
Charleston (Romania, France)Directed by Andrei Creţulescu
Coyote (Hungary)Directed by Márk Kostyál
Daybreak (Albania, Greece)Directed by Gentian Koçi
Dede (Georgia, Croatia, Qatar, Ireland, Netherlands)Directed by Mariam Khatchvani
Ederlezi Rising (Serbia)Directed by Lazar Bodroža
Filthy (Czech Republic, Slovakia)Directed by Tereza Nvotová
How Victor “The Garlic” Took Alexey “The Stud” to the Nursing Home (Russia)Directed by Alexander Hant
Meda or The Not So Bright Side of Things (Romania)Directed by Emanuel Pârvu
Miracle (Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland)Directed by Eglė Vertelytė
Radiogram (Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey)Directed by Rouzie Hassanova
Secret Ingredient (Macedonia)Directed by Gjorce Stavreski
The Return (Serbia)Directed by Predrag Jakšić
Tower. A Bright Day (Poland)Directed by Jagoda Szelc
Out of hundreds of entries, exactly 15 short films have made it to this year’s competition curated by Austrian-Iranian filmmakers Arash and Arman T. Riahi; among these some incredible world premieres can be found. With „The Story of the Polar Bear that Wanted to Go to Africa”, an Austrian contribution will also be presented. The biggest surprise: Three films from the small Balkan republic Macedonia have made it to the finale.
The winners of the LET’S CEE Awards will be announced on the 20th of April in the course of the award ceremony. Two winners, however, are already certain: With Kira Muratova and Márta Mészáros, not only one, but two legendary representatives of Eastern European cinema are going to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the LET’S CEE Film Festival.
LET’S CEE Film Festival also has some premieres in store concerning the awards, among others: the Cineplexx Distribution Award valuing 20,000 euros for one film of the Feature Film Competition or the Promising Debuts; the Danny Lerner Award worth 55,000 euros (50,000 of which in services) for the best film in the Feature Film Competition, donated by Nu Boyana Film Studios and the VdFS Award valuing 2,000 euros for the best short film.
Follow this link to the complete programme: http://www.letsceefilmfestival.com/programme-overview.html