FNE at FilmFestival Cottbus 2019: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Poland Get Coveted Competition Slots at Cottbus

Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa photo: Aurum Film

COTTBUS: Debut films from Georgia and from Bosnia & Herzegovina are among the 12 films competing for the top prize at the 29th FilmFestival Cottbus, which takes place 5 – 10 November 2019. Poland will be represented by a competition film as well as the closing night film, Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa, which has become a critical and a domestic box office success. The Cypriot hit Smuggling Hendrix by Marios Piperides will open the festival.

Croatia has three coproductions in the competition, and Bulgaria and Slovakia both have competition entries. Montenegrin director Marija Perovic will serve on the international jury. The festival also has an extensive spotlight section devoted to Montenegro, consisting of 16 short and full-length films.

Cottbus FF continues to solidify its position as a bridge to CEE films, with German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz becoming an official patron of the festival this year.

"The end of the so-called Iron Curtain was the beginning of FilmFestival Cottbus, which since 1991 has developed into one of the world's leading festivals of East European cinema. Since then, the films of the 29 editions have also reflected the enormous transformation in the East European states. They take us into the reality of life on site. And let us feel through their characters what change means for each and every individual“,  Scholz said in a statement.

Feature Film Competition:

My Thoughts are Silent (Ukraine)
Directed by Antonio Lukich

Aga's House / Shpia e Agës (Kosovo, Croatia, France, Albania)
Directed by Lendita Zeqiraj
Produced by N'ART FILMS
Coproduced by WOOF FILMS, Sacrebleu Productions, SKA-NDAL, SY13
Supported by the Kosovo Cinematography Center,  the Albanian Center of Cinematography, the City of Vrgorac, the MEDIA Programme, Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo

By a Sharp Knife / Ostrým nožom (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Teodor Kuhn
Produced by nutprodukcia
Coproduced by Madness Productions, RTVS and nutprodukce in cooperation with Home Media Production
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Slovak Literary Fund and the Czech Cinematography Fund

I am Ren (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Ryczko
Produced by Holly Pictures

The Voice (Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia)
Directed by Ognjen Svilicic
Produced by MaXima Film, Skopje Film Studio, Biberche Productions
Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, North Macedonia Film Agency, Film Center Serbia, Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the Croatian Radiotelevision 

Pig / Gori (Gerogia)
Directed by Giga Liklikadze
Produced by Sarke Studio
Supported by Georgian National Film Center

National Street (Czech Republic, Germany)
Directed by Stepan Altrichter

Love Cuts / Rezi (Serbia, Croatia)
Directed by Kosta Dordevic
Produced by Kinematografska Kuca (Serbia), Marinis Media (Croatia), Platforma (Serbia)
Supported by Film Center Serbia

Sister (Bulgaria, Qatar)
Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova
Produced by Omega Films
Coproduced by Audiovideo Orpheus, the Doha Film Institute

Full Moon / Pun Mjesec (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Directed by Nermain Hamzagic
Produced by SCCA/pro.ba
Coproduced by BHRT
Supported by Ministry of Culture and Sport of Kanton Sarajevo and the Film Fund of Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Sun Above Me Never Sets (Russia)
Directed by Lyubov Borisova

The Adventures of Sukran the Lame (Turkey)
Directed by Onur Unlu