Who can still remember what a cinema actually looks like from the inside? Today marks the start of the 21st edition of goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film and we offer a glimpse into hopefully not entirely forgotten, but all the more longed-for places of film watching. The festive opening of our festival will take place at the Caligari FilmBühne, but not quite as one might expect. Behind closed doors and amid loud protests from some voucher sympathisers, it's time to tune in at 7 PM CET - on Facebook, Youtube or our website and experience a somewhat different festival start.
goEast offers this year's festival programme in Germany for the period from April 20th to April 28th on demand at online.filmfestival-goeast.de. It's worth a look!
Most of the jury will be in Wiesbaden again this year and judge the festival films where they belong - on the big screen in the Caligari FilmBühne. The jury screenings will take place without the public being present and, of course, with enough distance between them. Saodat Ismailova, Alina Șerban, Jay Weissberg, Thomas Heise and Volia Chajkouskaya form the jury for the festival Competition.
However, real cinema experiences should of course not be reserved for a jury exclusively. That's why goEast organises film experiences at a distance. Although a drive-in cinema on the Dern'sche Gelände in Wiesbaden had to be cancelled at short notice, the festival team is planning to make up for it later in the summer as soon as the infection situation allows. There will also be a "A Wall is a Screen" short film walk in Offenbach at night. So postponed does not mean cancelled.
One zoom call, 19 hours of filming and three bananas later, that's when the final take was shot for the somewhat different opening film - a tradition that goEast is reviving once again in times of a pandemic. Instead of more words, here are some impressions from behind the scenes.
The opening film YELLOW CAT and the Competition entries are available in the On Demand programme from their originally scheduled premiere date. This year's opening film of goEast kicks things off. YELLOW CAT is about the dream of running your own cinema. Equal parts tragic and comical, director Adilkhan Yerzhanov creates a gloomy reality from which cinema seems to be the only way out. Incessantly, he skilfully draws on elements of Westerns and French and American gangster films.
// YELLOW CAT On Demand in Germany starting April 20th / 10 AM CET
All films at goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film are available digitally during the festival week. From the start of the festival on April 20th, 0:00 CET, you will have access to almost all the films in the programme in our media library - quickly and easily, just like a classic streaming service.
After registering free of charge, you have two options: Select individual films and programme items for 6.50 euros per ticket or book an online festival pass for 60 euros to enjoy goEast's offering in full. Payment can be made via PayPal, credit card or direct debit.
Whether it's panel discussions like "Between Jail and COVID", insights behind the experimental film art of Péter Lichter or immersion in the cultures of Central Asia - apart from the competition sections, goEast offers so much to experience that the next three lockdowns will not be boring either. In this festival blog, we will present some of the highlights of this programme to you every day.
We start off with a very special goEast publication, which joins the series of programme booklets and catalogues for the first time this year. goEast has published its first gossip magazine PePEXPRESS (available in German) on the occasion of the Ost-Kiosk. In it, last year's goEast portrait guest and this year's Anti-Oscarnight curator, Radu Jude, tells you how much it actually costs to get an Oscar nomination.
Finally we can welcome guests again - face to face. An extensive testing strategy at goEast and adherence to all hygiene measures make it possible for numerous filmmakers to make their way to Wiesbaden. Instead of only being able to meet the filmmakers via difficult-to-understand Zoom conferences, it will be possible to meet them in recorded film talks in our festival studios at the Museum Wiesbaden. The film talks can be accessed free of charge and will be available on our website daily from 3 PM CET from 21 April. Friends of Central and Eastern European film can look forward to the following talks:
// PLEASE HOLD THE LINE
with Pavel Cuzuioc (Director) and Lilia Braila (Production Manager)
// SHOULD THE WIND DROP
with Nora Martirosyan (Director)
// THIS RAIN WILL NEVER STOP
with Alina Gorlova (Director) and Andrii Suleimann (Protagonist)
There will also be two Round Table discussions where we expect other filmmakers from the competition section.