In less than a week it will be "curtain up" again for East European cinematic art at its finest. The FilmFestival Cottbus will be having its 18th edition from November 11 to 16. The leading festival for films from the Central and East European region will be "coming of age" and is again promising both a varied and exciting programme with outstanding cinematic pearls and prominent international guests. Between local roots and the search for visions - more than 100 films from 30 countries exploring the world of our Eastern neighbours in six days. The patronage of the FilmFestival Cottbus has been taken over by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier together with the Minister President of the Federal State of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck. Both patrons will be welcoming the guests of the opening ceremony on November 11at the Staatstheater Cottbus.
Focus: „New Cinema from the Baltics"
Aptly for the festival's 18th birthday, the motto of this year's Focus is "Young and Easy?" The joys and discoveries, vagaries and problems of becoming an adult are the central motifs in a large number of new productions from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In these films, the chances and risks are addressed of young adolescents who are
Retrospective: "1968 - the Prague Spring and the Aftermath" This year's retrospective under the heading of "1968 - the Prague Spring and the Aftermath" is dedicated to the historically significant caesura of 40 years ago. In the commentaries currently circulating in the media, these major political events in the Eastern part of Europe are often just perceived as a footnote to the dawn of pop culture. However, this film programme intends to portray the effects those events had to this day from a specifically Eastern perspective. The feature films of the former CSSR are placed here in the context of
The opening on November 11 will see the festival being a guest in the Staatstheater Cottbus which recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Keeping up the tradition, the Stadthalle Cottbus, the "Weltspiegel" cinema, the Kammerbühne and the Obenkino in Glad-House will serve once again as the screening venues during the festival week. The festival centre will be located as previous years in the Stadthalle Cottbus.