VIENNA: Daria Onyshchenko's nostalgic Eastalgia will open the second edition of the nine-day LET'S CEE FF, launching 13 September in Vienna.
The fest focuses exclusively on "high-quality productions from Central and Eastern Europe," organizer's told FNE, including the Caucasus region and Turkey. This's year's selection will showcase around 50 productions from the region and guests include Academy Award winners Branko Lustig, Allan Starski and Istvan Szabo, as well venerated Russian director Alexander Sokurov.
Eastalgia, a co-production between Serbia, Germany and the Ukraine, is produced by Neusuper (www.neuesuper.de), 435 Films (www.435films.com.ua) and See Film Pro, typifying the cross-border collaborations feted. “Productions such as this one, which brought together a team of people from half of the CEE region, have become a trademark of sorts for our festival,” said the organizers in a statement.
Eight features compete in the main section; seven films screen in the shorts section; and the documentary sidebar features six films. Two retrospectives and highlights such as Eisenstein's classic Battleship Potemkin, accompanied live by the band Russkaja) and other series complete the program. The competition program is curated by the Polish film critic Tomasz Raczek
Circles (Krugovi) (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Germany) Director: Srdan GolubovićProduction: Film House Bas Celik,Coproduced by Croatia's Propeler Film www.propelerfilm.com. Slovenia's Vertigo Emotionfilm www.emotionfilm.si Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center www.havc.hr and Slovenian Film Agency www.film-center.si
Domestic (Romania, Germany)Director: Adrian SitaruProduction: Romania's 4 Proof Film http://www.4prooffilm.roCoproduction with GermanySupported by the National Centre for Cinema http://www.cncinema.abt.ro/, Romanian public television http://www.tvr.ro/, HBO http://www.hbo.ro/Eurimages http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages/default_en.asp
Halima’s Path (Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina)Directed by Arsen Anton OstojićProduction: Arkadena Zagreb; Croatian Radiotelevision www.hrt.hr Studio Arkadena www.arkadena.si F.I.S.T. www.fist.ba Radio-televizija Federacije Bosne i Herzegovine www.rtvfbih.ba Supported by Croatian Audiovisual Centre www.havc.hr
In the Name Of (Poland)Directed by Malgoska SzumowskaProduction: Mental Disorder 4 www.md4.eu Co-produced by SHOT Szumowski, Zentropa International Poland (www.zentropa.dk), Canal+ www.canalpluscyfrowy.pl, SHOT SzumowskiSupported by Polish Film Institute www.pisf.pl
In the Shadow (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland)Directed by David Ondříček,Production: Lucky Man Films www.luckymanfilms.com, Trigon Production www.trigon-production.sk Centrala www.centralafilm.pl Barrandov Studios www.barrandov.cz Odra Film www.odra-film.wroc.pl Krakow Festival Office www.biurofestiwalowe.plDamn Good Production www.damn-good.pl Supported by Polish Film Institute www.pisf.pl, Slovak Audiovisual Fund (www.avf.sk)
Jîn (Turkey, Germany)Director: Reha ErdemTurkish-German coproduction
The Confidant (eŠteBák) (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland)Director: Juraj NvotaProduction: Attack Film, Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz), Slovak Television (www.stv.sk), MaxiFilm&TV (www.mediatrust.cz), and Apple Film (www.applefilm.pl).Supported by Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) Slovak Audiovisual Fund (www.avf.sk)
Hinter der Tür (The Door) (Hungary, Germany)Director: István SzabóProduction: Hungary's Filmart Stúdió (http://www.filmart.hu)German Hungarian coproduction