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COTTBUS 2018

Cottbus announces its full programme

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- The 28th Festival of East European Cinema will screen more than 200 films across four competitions and 11 sidebars, with awards totalling €80,000

Cottbus announces its full programme
Ayka by Sergey Dvortsevoy

The 28th FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema (FFC), taking place from 6-11 November this year, has announced its full programme. The German gathering will include 200 films across four competition sections and 11 sidebars, and awards totalling €80,000.

"The FFC's programme creates curiosity about the foreign," says the festival's programme director, Bernd Buder. "Prejudices are overcome through exchange, and similarities and differences between world views from the East and the West are discussed at eye level. Existential and interpersonal stories are negotiated, from the Macedonian-Greek border, through the Kazakh province, all the way to Mars."

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In the main Feature Film Competition, 12 movies will be vying for the Awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Outstanding Actor and Actress: Sergey Dvortsevoy's Ayka [+see also:
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interview: Sergey Dvortsevoy
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, Bujar Alimani's The Delegation [+see also:
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, Zsófia Szilágyi's One Day [+see also:
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interview: Zsófia Szilágyi
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]
, Vladimir Blaževski's Year of the Monkey [+see also:
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interview: Vladimir Blazevski
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]
, Nadejda Koseva's Irina [+see also:
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, Darya Zhuk's Crystal Swan [+see also:
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interview: Darya Zhuk
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]
, Zhanna Issabayeva's Rejected, Ivan I Tverdovskiy's Jumpman [+see also:
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interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
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]
, Ognjen Glavonić's The Load [+see also:
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interview: Ognjen Glavonić
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]
, Kasper Bajon's Via Carpatia [+see also:
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interview: Klara Kochańska
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]
, Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo's Take It or Leave It [+see also:
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and Trash on Mars [+see also:
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interview: Benjamin Tuček
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]
by Benjamin Tucek.

The jury is composed of Leonid Demchenko, programme director of the Baltic Debuts Film Festival and the Russian representative of Eurimages; Polish director Anna Jadowska, whose Wild Roses [+see also:
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interview: Anna Jadowska
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]
won four awards at last year's FFC; Ukrainian producer Anna Palenchuk; Georgian director Gio Mgeladze; and Uwe Kockisch, an actor from Cottbus.

The other competition sections are the Short Film Competition, U18 Youth Film Competition (for mid-length and feature films aimed at young people, coming from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic) and the Cottbus Filmshow (for shorts of up to 15 minutes from the Lusatian region).

The sidebar sections include the traditional Russian Day and Polskie Horizonti, as well as Spot Light: Georgia and Close Up UA, with the theme "Ukraine between nationalism and nation-building". Hits features local blockbusters from seven Eastern European countries, Homeland covers films from Lusitania, and Regio: Silesia will be another highlight. The Specials section will spotlight fresh independent cinema from Belarus, reflections from amateur filmmakers of the Donbass region, flight and commemoration in Eastern Europe and Germany, classics that covertly show what people really thought about socialism, 360-degree experiences in the full-dome format, and much more.

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