To celebrate 30 years of independence of the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, this year's symposium lifts the veil on the region and looks at local history, culture and, of course, film-making. Various feature films and documentaries bear witness to changes and provide an overview from the beginning of Soviet rule in 1922 to the present day. Topics such as the development of the region by the new Soviet Union, the conflicts of the old tradition with the modernity of the new rulers, but also the post-Soviet era are dealt with.
The film programme in the symposium curated by Birgit Beumers and Joël Chapron will be complemented by a series of lectures and discussions. These are thematically oriented to the films shown and invite the audience to engage with the film culture of the region. The series of lectures will open with a contribution by the curators on "Putting Central Asia on the Cinematic Map - Sketches on the National and International Dimensions of the Cinemas of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan" this Thursday. All lectures are available at www.filmfestival-goeast.de
As of today, the competition films HOW I BECAME A PARTISAN, PREPERATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME and BILESUVAR are available on demand in our media library. In the first, documentary filmmaker Vera Lacková searches for traces of the past of her great-grandfather Ján Lacko. He was one of the Slovak Roma partisans who were often hushed up during the Second World War. HOW I BECAME A PARTISAN, however, not only digs into the past, it also provides unnerving insights into our present. PREPERATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME by the Hungarian director Lili Horvát takes a completely different approach. Here she tells the story of the neurosurgeon Márta Vizy, who emigrated to the USA, falls head over heels in love at a congress and is immediately ready to leave her old life behind.
However, when she meets her loved one for the second time, he claims not to know her - and she collapses. BILESUVAR offers something different again. Here, director Elvin Adigozel interweaves five ordinary fates in a small town in southern Azerbaijan into an illustrious sociographic study.
// HOW I BECAME A PARTISAN On Demand in Germany starting April 22nd / 4:00 PM CET
// PREPERATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME On Demand in Germany starting April 22nd / 6:30 PM CET
// BILESUVAR On Demand in Germany starting April 22nd / 9:15 PM CET
One of the highlights of our festival edition this year is the Ost-Kiosk exhibited as part of the Pan-European Picnic. It is a highlight not only because the kiosk is one of the few programme items on site, but because the iconic K67 design by Slovenian architect Saša Mächtig makes Eastern European culture and aesthetics tangible as an intervention of the cityscape. In keeping with its usual use, Eastern European snacks and coffee can be purchased here and a glance at Eastern European tabloids can be taken - the newspaper "PePEXPRESS", created especially for the Pan-European Picnic, has also found a home here. As a cultural medium, the kiosk is intended to awaken memories and trigger associations. For this reason, a specially created sound collage of Central and Eastern European poems, anecdotes, advertisements, street and demonstration noises attracts passers-by under the plane trees of the Nassauischer Kunstverein.
// The goEast Ost-Kiosk opens daily from 23 April from 10:00 to 22:00 in front of the Nassauischer Kunstverein at Wilhelmstraße 15.
Before Yuri Gagarin, there was another heroic figure in Soviet space history: the dog Laika was the first living creature to be launched into orbit on board the Sputnik 2 satellite on 3 November 1957. Her body died during this journey, but her spirit became immortal and returned to earth to accompany the street dogs in Moscow in their struggle for survival - at least that is how it is told in SPACE DOGS. The documentary not only accompanies the street dogs in the Russian capital at eye level, but also goes in search of traces of Laika's legacy.
// SPACE DOGS available On Demand in Germany
We have thought of everyone for this year's Open Frame Award: it's possible to access all seven virtual reality and 360 degree projects (selected by OFA curator Georgy Molodtsov) from home via the browser, via your own VR headset or with a headset from our headset rental. Because innovation must be met with innovation!
This year, the Open Frame Award takes us to the bank of a river, into the Russian tundra and in the footsteps of three Ukrainian activists - in addition you can also visit the digital versions of our festival rooms, such as the Caligari FilmBühne VR or the goEast VRoof Top Lounge.
Georgy Molodtsov will be offering a digital tour of the projects every day at 6 pm, which will be available via a YouTube livestream. Those of you who are interested can also experience the digital award ceremony (with it's 5000 Euro Prize and international jury) both live and in VR - as a hamster, as a pigeon or even using an exclusive goEast avatar.
// goEast in VR daily tours starting at 6 PM CET on Youtube