FESTIVALS: November Wins goEast


WIESBADEN: The Estonian/Dutch/Polish film November directed by Rainer Sarnet won the Golden Lily for Best Film at the 18th edition of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which concluded on 24 April 2018. Awards representing a total value of 30,000 EUR were presented at an extensive awards ceremony at Wiesbaden’s Caligari FilmBühne.

Sarnet's dark folklore fairy tale in high-contrast black and white received prize money of 10,000 EUR.

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter won the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director, with a monetary prize of 7,500 EUR, for the Hungarian/German film A Woman Captured.

Festival director Heleen Gerritsen said: “I am enthusiastic about the loyal goEast core audience, who met with great passion in the cinema, participated in film talks and was very open-minded about our innovations such as virtual reality. As a new director, you feel right at home.”

The International Film Critic's Award (FIPRESCI Prize) went to the Czech/Slovak film Ice Mother by Bohdan Sláma.

The complete list of goEast 2018 prize winners follows:

Best Film:
November (Estonia, Netherlands, Poland)
Directed by Rainer Sarnet
Produced by Homeless Bob Production
Coproduced by PRPL, Opus Film

Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director:
A Woman Captured (Hungary, Germany)
Directed bu Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity:
The Other Side of Everything (Serbia, France, Qatar)
Directed by Mila Turajlić
Produced by Dribbling Pictures
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of SerbiaFilm Center Serbia, CNC – Cinémas du monde, Doha Film Institute and HBO Europe

International Film Critic's Award (FIPRESCI Prize) – Feature Film:
Ice Mother (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France)
Directed by Bohdan Sláma
Produced by Negativ
Coproduced by Why Not Productions, ARTILERIA Česká televizeRozhlas a televízia SlovenskaBarrandov Studiosi/o post 
Supported by the  Czech Film Fund, Creative Europe – MEDIA, Eurimages, CNC, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic

International Film Critic's Award (FIPRESCI Prize) – Documentary:
A Woman Captured

Open Frame Award:
Nominal Empire (Russia)
Denis Semenov and Natalia Severina

goEast Development Award
Russia, Konstantin Selins