blogEast is a project of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film. The blog was created during the first Corona wave in Europe as a solidary mouthpiece for film (culture) creators from all over Europe. In the coming weeks, blog posts will be published that highlight cinematic as well as political and social facets of today's situation, but also offer a way to distract from the omnipresent discussion about infection figures and vaccination progress. blogEast is supervised and edited by the goEast team and accompanies the digital festival in Wiesbaden.
While the Ost-Kiosk is still in the making of becoming pretty for its big appearance in front of Nassauischer Kunstverein starting 23 April, we want to take a look at the numerous opportunities to get a taste of the goEast festival atmosphere. Almost all of the festival's films, online discussion rounds, talks with filmmakers as well as the Masterclass with Petér Lichter and Marió Z. Nemes and an exclusive Anti-Oscar Night with Radu Jude and the action artist Dan Perjovschi will be available at goEast Online. We explain step by step how your own living room can be beamed to the East through cyberspace.
For the film programme, the website online.filmfestival-goeast.de is the place to go. Here you will find an online media library that functions like a classic video-on-demand platform. Simply choose a film, buy a ticket and press play. Each programme can be accessed for a price of 6.50 euros and is then available for playback for 48 hours. With the exception of the competition section, almost all films will be available from the start of the festival on 20 April at 0:00 CET. The films can only be viewed in Germany due to licensing restrictions. If you want to experience the Festival of Central and Eastern European Film to the fullest, you should buy an Online Festivalpass for 60 euros, which gives you access to all the films. It is available starting now. The programme can be enjoyed beyond the festival until 28 April.
To access the films, registration is first necessary. After filling out the registration form and confirming the registration by e-mail, payment details must also be entered. Payment options are Paypal, credit card and direct debit.
After enjoying Central and Eastern European film art on the couch at home, be it over a breakfast coffee, a solyanka for lunch or a vodka to digest at a coffee party, the festival is far from over. goEast enables festival encounters even under pandemic conditions by means of Public Distancing. So put on your mask and come to Wiesbaden!
After making an appointment, the first place to go should be the Festival Centre (1) in the Museum Wiesbaden. Here goEast, in cooperation with the Lichter Filmfest, rents out virtual reality headsets for home use. These VR glasses allow access to the innovative and immersive competition entries of the Open Frame Award, without which a full festival experience would be unthinkable. The headsets come with a simple set-up guide. The rental fee for a headset is 5 euros (reduced rate 3 euros) plus a 10 euro deposit.
When strolling through the city centre, it is worth stopping by at the Ost-Kiosk (2), which can be found in front of the Nassauischer Kunstverein from 23 April. Here you can listen to Eastern European soundscapes and acquire magazines from Central and Eastern Europe. Registration is not necessary.
You can also get a real cinema feeling at a distance - in the genuine goEast drive-in cinema offered by the festival team on the Dern'sche Gelände (3). You don't even have to bring your own car, because the vehicles are already on site thanks to our partner stadtmobil. The following films will be shown at the drive-in cinema:
YELLOW CAT // Wed. 21.04. / 8:00 p.m. CET
SPACE DOGS // Thu. 22.04. / 8:00 pm CET
HERE WE MOVE, HERE WE GROOVE // Fri. 23.04. / 8:00 pm CET
Tickets can be reserved in advance via our website from 12 April. Payment will be made at the box office from 7:30 pm CET. A maximum of two people from the same household can use a vehicle. The vehicles will be disinfected after each use. A single ticket is available for 15 euros and a two-person ticket for 20 euros.
The Public Distancing programme is subject to change. The goEast On Demand offer is available during the festival week at online.filmfestival-goeast.de. All information about the festival and frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQ.