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Quit Staring at My Plate, the debut feature from Croatian filmmaker Hana Jušić, explores the life on an introverted young woman, Marijana, whose story revolves around her family whether she likes it or not.

One of Turkey’s most promising young directors, Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, puts a surrealist spin on the issue of adoption in his debut feature, Albüm. The filmis centred on a couple who try to hide the fact they cannot have kids from their adopted children. 

One young homeless boy’s persistent fight to have an ordinary life is the subject of Hristo, the feature debut by Bulgarian co-directors Todor Matsanov and Grigor Lefterov. 

Sofia Exarchou balances poetic imagery with raw realism in Park, a coming-of-age story full of diary-like snatches of memory. It’s set in the abandoned surroundings of Greek Olympic stadiums, where neighbourhood kids now play.

The Days That Confused (Päevad, mis ajasid segadusse) is immersed in the atmosphere of a small Estonian town in the late ‘90s, and reveals 28-year-old director and screenwriter Triin Ruumet as a dynamic talent to watch. It premiered at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and was also presented in the Discoveries section of the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival. 

Godless, winner of the Golden Leopard at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, is a dark and daring debut feature by Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova. Bezbog, its Bulgarian title, refers to the name of a peak in southwest Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains.

Following its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Chouf – the new Marseille-set crime drama by French-Tunisian director and screenwriter Karim Dridi – shoots its way into Polish cinemas with a showing in the Special Screenings section of the 32nd Warsaw FF. 

Toril, the first feature by French filmmaker Laurent Teyssier, begins with a poetic image about contemporary society: an immense bullfight, intercut with red title cards, in which the beast is given chase not by a single torero armed with a spade, but rather dozens of agitated men armed with measly daggers. 

WARSAW: Following his feature debut La Playa, director Juan Andrés Arango explores the topics of immigration, inhospitable environments and mental changes in his latest documentary-style drama X500, which screened in competition at the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival following its premiere at Toronto.

One of the most divisive titles so far at the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival has been Polish production Playground, Bartosz M. Kowalski’s debut feature, which explores the topic of child crime and is inspired by actual events. 

Canarian Spanish director Alba González de Molina presented her debut feature Julie at the 32nd Warsaw International Film Festival in the 1–2 Competition for first and second features. It is an engaging escapism story set in a real ecovillage. 

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10th FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Projects – a training programme for young critics and film journalists from Central and Eastern Europe coordinated by the Warsaw Film Foundation and FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

This year’s

workshop will be held during the 31st Warsaw Film Festival, including the 11th CentEast Film Market, between 9 and 18 October 2015. A group of young critics will be invited to the festival and have a unique opportunity to take part in one of the most prestigious film events in the region, meeting high-profile film professionals and contributing to the deliberation meeting that decides which film is awarded by the festival’s FIPRESCI jury.

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Michael Pattison (b. 1987) currently divides his time between Gateshead, London and film festivals—which he attends as a critic, programmer, Q&A moderator, teacher and jury member. Michael’s writing has been published by Sight & Sound, Fandor, Indiewire, Vice, Playboy, The Guardian, Film Comment, Cineaste and others, and he has also reviewed films for BBC Radio. As a programming consultant and/or Q&A moderator, Michael has worked for the Viennale, Crossing Europe Linz, Bradford International Film Festival, Kino Otok Isola Cinema, IndieLisboa, CurtoCircuíto and Seville European Film Festival. In addition, he has tutored workshops for aspiring critics at Dokufest (Prizen), ZubrOFFka Short Film Festival (Białystok) and Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn). Michael has also appeared on juries at festivals in Cartagena de Indias, Ljubljana, Warsaw, Thessaloniki, Lisbon, Santiago de Compostela, Lecce, Lima and Bradford.

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Carmen Gray, Born in New Zealand and now living in Berlin, Carmen Gray is the former Film Editor of Dazed & Confused magazine and a freelance critic and journalist for London-based publications Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Screen International, The Calvert Journal, and Estonian culture weekly Sirp. She also works as a consultant for European production companies and is part of the team launching independent cinema Wolf in Berlin. A member of FIPRESCI the International Federation of Film Critics, she has served on a number of  juries at major festivals including Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam and Locarno. She has a special interest in the cinema of central and eastern Europe, and has previously taught critics' workshops in Poland, Estonia and Serbia.