Our head of festival Heleen Gerritsen talks with the Czech producer Jan Macola (SKOKAN), the Latvian director Juris Kursietis (OLEG), the Slovakian director Barbora Berezňáková (NEVER HAPPENED) and the director Valeska Grisebach (WESTERN).
// Panel: Filmmakers without Borders, 08.05., 6 PM CET live via Zoom
With the section EUROPA EUROPA goEast looks back to its founding principles: in 2001 the EU's Eastern expansion was on the horizon and therefore from the very beginning our film festival "deep in the West" was a bridge builder between East and West. Nowadays the European Union has become a natural part of everyday life, but the optimism has faded.
Still, the film industry benefitted enormously from the EU, not just financially. In a lot of other areas, criticizing the EU is more than appropriate. The crisis we are living in today painfully shows how little solidarity between the member states there really is.
In the online panel we will talk about a Europe without the EU, European values (if there is even such a thing), the inequality between East and West and the individual experiences every panelist made being part of the European film industry.
Today goEast on Demand offers two very distinct perspectives on the Second World War.
Vacláv Marhouls controversial literary adaptation THE PAINTED BIRD, which celebrated its world premiere in Venice in 2019, offers unapologetic film art in black and white on 35mm. A jewish boy wanders around from village to village in the turmoil of the Second World War, only to be confronted with rampant brutality. A polarizing and startling piece.
Jolanta Dylewskas und Andrzej Wajdas documentary feature MAREK EDELMAN...AND THERE WAS LOVE IN THE GHETTO offers a very different perspective. Marek Edelman (1919-2009) was one of the last survivors of the Warsaw ghetto revolt and recounts love stories from this dark time, which Dylewska arranges in poetic imagery and combines virtuously with archive material.
The films are available at goEast on Demand until May 11th.
In the dystopic animal fable WHITE GOD there is an escalation: After a new Hungarian law deems mixed-breed undesirable and introduces fines for owning them, hundreds of dogs are being let loose within Budapest – and quickly wreak havoc in the streets.
In Petr Václavs SKOKAN a Czech Roma hitchhikes to Cannes film festival. Here, he wants to make a living as a street musician and find his old girlfriend. The journey: a new beginning whose staging Václav knowingly used improvisation and amateur actors.
Both films are available at goEast on Demand until May 11th.
In this short film collection opposites crash into each other – which partially lends the films a completely unexpected impact.
For THE PHILOSOPHY OF HORROR Péter Lichter and Bori Máté used 35-mm-stripes of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and drew over them to underline the bases of the genre at hand.
The short experimental documentary TROYA, directed by fashion filmmaker Gordon von Steiner, showing a group of young people from Troeshina (on the fringe of Kiev) studying Hamlet, is equally fascinating. With this film he is challenging stereotypes about his own work as well as his protagonists.
If you have gotten curious you are able to rent these Eastern and Central European ANARCHO SHORTS in a package until May 11th at goEast on Demand.