The festival (November 10-15) opens with the German-Russian co-production THE LAST STATION, starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer as the main characters Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofya.
The festival's regional focus is on the Black Sea countries. Poland, Russia, and Khazakhstan will each be highlighted in festival theme days.
The programme consists of 140 films from 34 countries, with competition films vying for € 76.000 in awards.
The following films are in the main competition:
Albania, Austria, France 2009, 90 min Director: Artan Minarolli
Russia 2009, 90 min Director: Aleksey Mizgirev
DIE 40. TÜR/40-CI QAPI/THE 40th DOOR
Aserbaijan 2009, 82 min Director: Elchin Musaoglu
DIE KONFLIKTZONE/KONPHLIKTIS ZONA/THE CONFLICT ZONE
Georgia 2009, 82 min Director: Vano Burduli
DIE SCHWARZEN/CRNCI/THE BLACKS
Croatia 2009, 75 min Director: Zvonimir Jurić, Goran Dević ERSTER TRUPP/PERVYY OTRYAD/FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
Russia, Japan, Canada 2009, 80 min Director: Yoshiharu Ashino
ICH BIN NICHT DEIN FREUND/NEM VAGYOK A BARÁTOD/I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND
Hungary 2009, 100 min Director: György Palfi
Czech, Slovakia, Ireland 2009, 83 min Director: Mira Fornay
France, Serbia, Switzerland 2008, 78 min Director: Vladimir Perisic
SHOPPING GIRLS/GALERIANKI/MALL GIRLS
Poland 2009, 82 min