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Film industry professionals will once again be able to buy accreditations allowing them access to the industry conference Meeting Point – Vilnius (MPV) as well as the VIFF Kino Pavasaris. The early bird accreditations are available until March 3, while the standard ones are on sale until March 18. Accreditations are available for purchase here: 

Paid accreditations for industry professionals are common practice at international film festivals, giving professionals from various fields access to events they would otherwise not have. Two types of accreditations will once again be available this year. The Industry accreditation will allow access only to MPV on April 2–4. The Industry + Festival accreditation will let its owner attend the industry conference and all the VIFF Kino Pavasaris film screenings throughout the festival, taking place March 21–April 4.

The Early Bird accreditations are available at a discounted price until March 3. The Industry accreditation will cost 50 euros, giving access to the three-day long conference and networking events, while the Industry + Festival accreditation will be priced 90 euros, giving access to all the previously mentioned events, as well as unlimited festival screenings, including the ones that will take place during the festival extension.

Beginning March 4, the Industry accreditation will cost 70 euros and the Industry + Festival accreditation 150 euros.

Sales of all accreditations will be open until March 18. Last Minute accreditations will be available to latecomers for a higher price. However, this type of accreditation does not offer the possibility to appear in the MPV catalogue. The accreditations can be purchased here:  

In 2018, the rapidly growing international industry event MPV received around 300 Lithuanian and international guests from more than 35 countries. In its 10th edition, led by the newly appointed Alessandra Pastore, MPV promises three days packed with intensive Coming Soon work-in-progress pitching sessions, inspirational ToT – Talks on Tomorrow framework of panels and talks as well as networking events. This year’s MPV programme is also enriched with two new initiatives. Organised together with MAIA workshops, Talent Nest will aim to explore, nurture and offer industry and networking opportunities to emerging professionals from the Baltic countries, Belarus, Ukraine and the Caucasian countries. Shorts Library initiative will let industry professionals get acquainted with directors’ previous short films. More news about the MPV programme is coming soon.

As an instrument for cultural and political change, music plays a vital role in the fight for freedom. This year, music will also be at the center of the 24th Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, with Kirill Serebrennikov’s Summer (Leto) set to open the festival on March 21.

In his latest feature, Serebrennikov follows young musicians as they search for an escape in Leningrad’s underground rock scene of the 1980s. For young people who lived in the Soviet Union, freedom was defined by the music of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie and others whose songs are included in Summer. Though fictionalized, the film pays tribute to Viktor Tsoi, the charismatic leader of the legendary band Kino.

Summer premiered at Cannes, where it competed for the Palme d’Or and won the Cannes Soundtrack Award. The film explores what it means to strive for artistic freedom while oppressed by restrictions. It therefore seems symbolic that Serebrennikov, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, finished making Summer under house arrest.

Summer trailer:

This year, Vilnius IFF will pay tribute to emerging new filmmakers as well as already established masters. The festival will screen Hirokazu Koreeda‘s latest audacious drama Shoplifters, winner of the Palme d’Or and Academy Award nominee in the Foreign Language Film category. Also included in the programme are Nadine Labaki’s compelling story about anger and neglect Capernaum, which won the Cannes Jury Prize, and Berlin-based artist Jeremy Shaw’s psychedelic Quantification Trilogy . The complete festival line-up will be announced at the end of February.

Selected features will be screened across 5 sections: Festivals’ Favorites, Discoveries, Critics’ Choice, Masters and Competition of European Debuts. The programme will also include the retrospectives of two exceptional and unconventional master filmmakers who will be announced soon. 

The carefully selected programme and festival guests will invite filmgoers to stop rushing and let their imaginations take over. For two weeks, the 24th VIFF Kino Pavasaris promises to inspire, shock and encourage to take action.

goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film will be welcoming a host of high-calibre guests for its 19th edition: in addition to Krzysztof Zanussi, the subject of this year’s Homage, multi-award-winning director Sergei Loznitsa will also be paying a visit to Wiesbaden, where he will be giving audience members special insight into his experiences in a master class open to the general public. Croatian actor Leon Lučev is slated to be on hand at the festival to present his directorial debut. Furthermore, filmmaker Helke Misselwitz is paying a visit to Wiesbaden.

Alongside these happy highlights, goEast will also be paying a farewell tribute to two recently departed fellow travellers from the world of Eastern European film: Lithuanian-American avant-garde legend Jonas Mekas and Yugoslavian-Serbian filmmaker Dušan Makavejev.

The Specials section once again promises a variety of events, including the traditional Matinee, where actor Kida Khodr Ramadan will be presenting KANUN (Germany, 2018), his first outing as a director, the Schools goEast programme and the finest genre films from Central and Eastern Europe, selected this year in co- operation with the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival. Finally, the exhibition “Eastern Fairy Tales”, featuring the work of photographer Frank Herfort, provides unfamiliar glimpses into life in the post-Soviet republics.

Special Guests in Wiesbaden: Sergei Loznitsa // Leon Lučev // Helke Misselwitz 

The annual master class, open to the general public for the first time this year, will be given by Sergei Loznitsa. The Ukrainian director and screenwriter gained notoriety starting in the mid 1990s for his documentary films treating Soviet history. His most recent film THE TRIAL (PROTSESS, Netherlands, 2018) also takes up this subject and will be featured in the goEast programme. Aside from his documentary work, Loznitsa is also a prolific director of fiction features whose films have been honoured in Cannes, among other places.

Leon Lučev is an established star in front of the camera, not only in his native Croatia, but in all of the former Yugoslav republics as well. At goEast, Lučev will be presenting his first effort behind the camera, the short film I CAN BARELY REMEMBER THE DAY (MALO SE SJEĆAM TOG DANA, Croatia, 2018). This film, which revolves around a man who is confronted with the death of his father on his daughter’s birthday, will be shown as an entry in the RheinMain Short Film Competition.

In addition, director Helke Misselwitz will be making an appearance in Wiesbaden. Misselwitz began her career in the GDR, where she studied with Heiner Carow; from 1997 to 2014, she held a professorship for direction at the Academy for Film and Television in Babelsberg. Her cinematic work often focuses on the fates of female protagonists. goEast will show her fiction feature LITTLE ANGEL (ENGELCHEN, Germany, 1996), about a young woman’s search for happiness, which received the German Critics’ Award in 1997.

Specials:   Matinee with Kida Khodr Ramadan // Schools goEast // Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival

The name Kida Khodr Ramadan was on everyone’s lips last year for his gripping portrayal of Ali “Toni” Hamady in the award-winning German series 4 BLOCKS. Now the celebrated actor is coming to goEast to present his directorial debut KANUN (Germany, 2018) at the traditional Matinee. In Ramadan’s film, an old, re-enflamed feud between two families calls for a vendetta according to the eponymous unwritten Albanian law of “kanun”.

At Schools goEast, a new joint project from goEast and Wiesbaden’s school board, school students will get to know Central and Eastern European film in the scope of cinema and museum visits and learn to engage critically with the medium of film.

This year’s programme includes BLOSSOM VALLEY by Hungarian director László Csuja. Csuja, who studied under Oscar®-nominated director Ildikó Enyedi (goEast jury president in 2018), tells the story of two teenagers making their way through Hungary with a kidnapped baby in this novel take on the road movie genre.

The goEast Specials promise first-rate cinema experiences once again, presented this year by the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival. This festival, which takes place in summer and transforms Croatia’s capital into a gathering place for fans of fantastic cinema and related genres such as science fiction, horror and thrillers, will also provide for plenty of goose bumps in Wiesbaden – the programme includes a late night cinema screening of the Serbian science fiction film EDERLEZI RISING, featuring feminist adult film actress Stoya in the lead role.

In Memoriam: Jonas Mekas // Dušan Makavejev

goEast bids farewell to Lithuanian-born cinema master Jonas Mekas, who passed away on January 23rd 2019 at the age of 96. Before going on to collaborate with creative giants like Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Salvador Dalí in New York City of the 1960s and 70s and making a lasting impact on the American film scene with his experimental films and archive projects, Mekas lived for a time in Wiesbaden directly after the end of World War Two as a displaced person, while studying philosophy at the University of Mainz.

goEast is also paying tribute to Dušan Makavejev, a significant representative of Yugoslavian auteur cinema, whose contributions were central in defining the style of the Yugoslav Black Wave. In the early 1970s, his film about psychoanalyst and human sexuality researcher Wilhelm Reich, entitled W.R. – MISTERIJE ORGANIZMA (WR

– MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM, Yugoslavia, 1971), attracted considerable international attention. The film was banned in Yugoslavia and director Makavejev was threatened with a prison sentence. goEast would like to bid a fond farewell to Dušan Makavejev, who passed away in Belgrade on January 25th 2019.

Photo Exhibition: “Eastern Fairy Tales” by Frank Herfort In his pictures, German photographer Frank Herfort searches out clichés in everyday situations in Russia and Eastern Europe and debunks them with refreshingly incongruous stylistic choices: traditional “babushkas” and vodka swigging men on sleds collide with modern architecture or advertising billboards. Frank Herfort’s photographs possess a cinematic quality and each of his images tells a story – his “Eastern Fairy Tales”, on display at Museum Wiesbaden from April 10th to 16th, are at times epic, at times touching, often beautiful, and occasionally even downright bizarre.

With its multi-faceted programme, featuring film screenings, workshops, exhibitions and panel discussions, goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, hosted by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, is equally aimed at local cinema fans, experts from the industry and academia and guests from around the world, and sees itself as a vital platform for culture from the post-socialist cosmos.

Pan-European Picnic

What kicked off in earnest thirty years ago in Berlin on 9 November heralded the end of an era that had seen Europe, and the world at large, divided into two parts. However a tiny hole had already been torn in the Iron Curtain back in August of 1989 through an at first glance unremarkable art intervention staged by peace activists: at their “Pan-European Picnic”, the border crossing between Hungary and Austria was opened for several hours and many East German citizens who happened to be vacationing at Lake Balaton were able to make their way into the West. This year, with the generous support of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, goEast is dedicating a series of events to this singular occurrence, a series that is all about transcending borders, between East and West as well as between the disciplines of film, literature and fine art. Included among the planned events is a genuine picnic too, to be held at Wiesbaden’s Schlossplatz square, where festival guests, cultural creators and Wiesbaden residents can come together.

Symposium: Constructions of the Other – Roma and the Cinema of Central and Eastern Europe

This year’s Symposium, which international film scholars, members of the cultural sector and filmmakers are invited to attend, deals with a controversial complex of topics: On one hand “Gypsy” stereotypes from the world of cinema will be subjected to a critical re-examination, spanning from the Third Reich to Emir Kusturica. On the other hand, films made by Roma filmmakers and the lived realities of Roma in Central and Eastern Europe will be placed in the focus. The film retrospective is framed by a series of lectures which aim to take a close critical look at the various (film-)historical, socio-political and cultural aspects of this thematic field.

Homage: Krzysztof Zanussi

In the Homage section, goEast is honouring the venerable master of the Polish New Wave, Krzysztof Zanussi, with an extensive retrospective. The multi-award-winning director and screenwriter, celebrated by critics as the “Polish Godard”, is celebrating his 80th birthday this year and is among the most important filmmakers of his generation. In 2001, Zanussi served as the first jury president at goEast and he will be returning to Wiesbaden in 2019 to present classics such as STRUKTURA KRYSZTAŁU (THE STRUCTURE OF CRYSTAL, 1969), ILUMINACJA (ILLUMINATION, 1972) alongside his most recent work ETER (ETHER, 2018).

Support for Young Filmmakers: RheinMain Short Film Award

// East-West Talent Lab // Renovabis Grant

Two new prizes and the training programme East-West Talent Lab are intended to enable up-and-coming filmmakers to realise innovative project ideas. For the first time, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain is presenting the RheinMain Short Film Award (endowed with 2,500 euros in prize money), which will go to the winner of the newly established short film competition. The jury is composed of members of cultural associations focusing on Central and Eastern Europe from the Rhine-Main area. Since the early 1990s, Renovabis has been committed to social renewal in the post-socialist countries – this year, the charity has chosen to establish and award a 3,500 euro research grant for documentary projects tackling the topics of human rights and minority rights. Starting this year, the goEast Development Award for the best project pitch in the East-West Talent Lab (also endowed with 3,500 euros in prize money) is made possible with the support of Russian Standard Vodka.

Dziga Vertov’s ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION and Other Archive Treasures

In addition to current productions from Central and Eastern Europe, historical films and archive works have traditionally occupied a prominent place in the goEast programme. One particularly bright highlight in this regard in 2018 is the German premiere of ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION (GODOVSHINA REVOLYUCII, USSR, 1918) by documentary film pioneer Dziga Vertov. The film, which is possibly the first feature- length documentary in cinema history, and which was considered lost for many years, has been meticulously reconstructed by Russian film historian Nikolai Izvolov. In the scope of a workshop talk, Izvolov will provide insight into his work on this reconstructed version of Vertov’s film.

In the scope of the Symposium, among other films, Bauhaus artist László Moholy- Nagy’s dynamic work BIG CITY GYPSIES (Germany, 1932) will be shown. In addition, two important archive montages will be making their way to the screen as well. First, THE TRIAL (PROTSESS, Netherlands, 2018), in which Belarusian director Sergei Loznitsa employs archive materials from Soviet show trials held in 1930. Loznitsa is scheduled to attend the festival and will also give a master class. Finally, in their enchanting archive montage BRIDGES OF TIME (LAIKA TILTI, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, 2018) Audrius Stonys and Kristīne Briede pay tribute to the poetic Baltic school of documentary filmmaking.

The following grants were announced by the Czech Film Fund on 13 February 2019.

PODGORICA: The Minister of Culture of Montenegro Aleksandar Bogdanović and the Hungarian Minister of Human Resources Miklós Kásler have signed an agreement aiming, among others, at the establishment of a film studio in Montenegro.

KAUNAS: MIDPOINT and the Lithuanian Film Centre are organising a workshop for first or second Lithuanian feature film projects in Kaunas from 5 to 8 May 2019. The deadline for applications is 24 March 2019.

We are very pleased to announce MIDPOINT´s intensive program in Kaunas, Lithuania (May 5 – 8, 2019) aimed at Lithuanian film professionals. Thanks to a partnership with Lithuanian Film Centre, this 4-day workshop has been made possible.

PRAGUE: The Czech documentary The Road Leads to Tibet / Cesta vede do Tibetu by Vladimír Sís will return to cinemas more than 60 years after its premiere. Its renewed premiere took place at the Lucerna cinema in Prague on 19 February 2019.

ZAGREB: Lada Kamenski by Sara Hribar and Marko Šantić, which received four awards including best newcomer (Sara Hribar) at the 2018 Pula Film Festival, will be released in Croatian cinemas on 7 March 2019.