The films represent ten countries, with three international co-productions. The festival's second competition of short films consists of ten films from eight countries. Specials at this year's edition include a focus on Baltic cinema, 70th birthday homages to Istvan Szabo and Jiri Menzel and a 75th birthday homage to Roman Polanski, and a selection of animated films from Polish director Izabela Plucinska.
A complete list of competition films follows. For more information on the 18th FilmFestival Cottbus, go to the FNE Festival section.
Feature Film Competition Ten films from ten countries of Central and Eastern Europe were nominated for the Feature Film Competition, stretching geographically from the Polish neighbour to far-off Kazakhstan. They include three international co-productions, of which two were made in collaboration with German partners. The traditionally strong Czech cinema is represented with two films, while the revived Russian cinematography - by far the most productive film nation of Eastern Europe - has substantial involvement in four works. Nine of the selected works will have their German premiere in Cottbus. While there is stylistic diversity, a thematic relationship makes itself clearly felt between the films. Five of the ten nominated titles deal with an existence far away from the hectic and glittering life of the big city. The harsh and tradition-bound living conditions in the country are often in conflict with the supposedly free and progressive conditions in the city. A humorous tone is adopted by Sergei Dvortsevoy in his story about looking for a bride in the Kazakh steppe. The Cannes prize-winner