Today, Saturday, marks the end of this year's symposium at goEast - the festival of Central and Eastern European film. The finale will be initiated by Gulnara Abikeyeva with a lecture on "Soviet Ideologemes in Kazakh Cinema". Rico Isaacs follows with his lecture on "Between Invented Worlds and Political Realities: Resistance Cinema in Kazakhstan". The symposium draws to a close with a discussion moderated by curator Birgit Beumers.
The symposium's lecture series has been designed to complement the films shown in the section.
Marking the 30 years of independence of the five Central Asian states Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, the lectures have given a prolific insight on the history of the region, as well as placing the culture of the area firmly in the foreground.
// SOVIET IDEOLOGEMES IN KAZAKH CINEMA 24th April / 10 AM CET via Zoom
// BETWEEN INVENTED WORLDS AND POLITICAL REALITIES: RESISTANCE CINEMA IN KAZAKHSTAN 24th April / 11 AM CET via Zoom
// CLOSING DISCUSSION 24th April / 12:30 PM CET via Zoom
In order to offer the audience the best possible insight into the process of creating the works in the goEast competition, the filmmakers share their experiences with the audience at the Filmtalks. Moderated by Barbara Wurm (member of the goEast selection committee), the second round table will feature Grigoriy Kolomiytsev, director of CHUPACABRA, Vitaly Suslin, director of PAPIER-MACHE and director Lili Horvát of PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKOWN PERIOD OF TIME. It's worth a look!
As of today, the Competition films LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE, ULBOLSYN, PAPIER-MACHE and IN THE DUSK are available on demand in our media library. As the second partisan film in our program, Marta Popivoda portrays the Serbian partisan Sonja in LANDSCPAES OF RESISTANCE, who not only survived Auschwitz during the Second World War, but also led a resistance movement in the camp. ULBOLSYN, the second film in our program by Adilkhan Yerzhanov after YELLOW CAT, tells the story of the actress Ulbolsyn, who was ostracized in her home village and who wants to save her sister from a forced marriage and from the patriarchal village community. In Vitaly Suslin's black-humored drama PAPIER-MACHE, the amateur actor Ivan Lashin has to deal with the consequences of his first film appearance, whilst finding himself under pressure from debt collectors.
And last but not least, IN THE DUSK by grand master Šarūnas Bartas carries us back to Lithuania in the late 1940s, where resistance fighters defend themselves against the Soviet occupation and a family is drawn into the conflict.
// LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE available On Demand in Germany 24th April / 2 PM CET
// ULBOLSYN available On Demand in Germany 24th April / 4:30 PM CET
// PAPIER-MACHE available On Demand in Germany 24th April / 6:45 PM CET
// IN THE DUSK available On Demand in Germany 24th April / 9:15 PM CET
In 2019, the theme of the goEast Symposium curated by Barbara Wurm was: "Constructions of the Other. Roma and Film in Central and Eastern Europe ". We were inspired by the international convention "Antigypsyism and Film", which took place in Berlin in February 2018. Here, scientists, filmmakers and human rights activists, both Roma and non-Roma, gathered and discussed the issue of antigypsyism in context of the film industry. The immediate reason at the time was the broadcast of the children's feature film "Nelly's Adventure", which the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma had criticized as being massively anti-Gypsy, but which was nonetheless broadcast by KIKA and SWR. The participants presented their research results, shared personal testimonials and discussed films. This bilingual publication documents the happenings at this unique convention. The content includes scientific articles and essays as well as interviews with filmmakers, divided into four thematic sections: antiziganism in film, questions of ethics, strategies of subversion and antigypsyism and other resentments. We take a peek inside this unique publication with Radmila Mladenova from Heidelberg University.
// ANTIGYPSYISM AND FILM on 24th April / 12:30 PM CET
After intensive pitching trainings, individual mentoring sessions and exciting discussion rounds, even the youngest participants sometimes run out of steam. That's why goEast has come up with something very special and offers the young filmmakers informal get-togethers. The goEast Festivalstudio is transformed into a bar, where our two bartenders-in-training, Heleen Gerritsen and Andrea Wink, mix the festival cocktail "Karawan" in addition to their actual tasks. On another evening, they even go the extra mile and serve the Talent Lab real Frankfurt Green Sauce.