SECTION: Feature Film Competition

Ten (to a maximum of twelve) of the best contributions from the current East European film production here are given their German première and compete for the main award, the glass award sculpture LUBINA. The competition admits the respective directors′ first to fifth feature film.

Black Level

Black Level

Riven Chornogo

Valentyn Vasyanovich
Ukraine / 2017 / 90 min
A minor-key film with standout visuals: our hero is a mysterious, reticent photographer who, though he might not look 50, nevertheless betrays his real age. Preferring to leave the spotlight to others, this “man devoid of standout qualities” ...
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Breaking News

Breaking News

Breaking News

Iulia Rugină
Romania / 2016 / 81 min
A deafening sound, the result of an explosion which only one of two colleagues survives: TV reporter Alex is subsequently plagued by a sense of responsibility for the death of cameraman Andrei, who it turns out he hardly knew. This ultimately leads ...
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Daybreak

Daybreak

Dita Zë Fill

Gentian Koçi
Albania, Greece / 2017 / 84 min
A slow-paced social drama on an individual’s desperate struggle for a better life: due to her involvement in a case of assisted suicide, nurse Violeta loses her job. Subsequently she moves in with an elderly woman who she cares for in return for a ...
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Head. Two Ears

Head. Two Ears

Golova. Dva Ukha

Vitaly Suslin
Russia / 02017 / 78 min
Time for pastures new! Twenty-five-year-old Ivan lives with his mother in a Russian provincial town. Day in day out he takes care of the family cows, whilst after a day's hard work he fuels his energy drink addiction. One morning a stranger with a ...
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I'm a Killer

I'm a Killer

Jestem mordercą

Maciej Pieprzyca
Poland / 2016 / 112 min
A thriller on the hunt for a serial killer in communist Poland: a young detective superintendent manages to hunt down the alleged culprit and is treated as a hero. Corrupted however by the privileges of the regime, he covers up errors in the ...
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Khibula

Khibula

Khibula

George Ovashvili
Georgia, Germany, France / 2017 / 99 min
Narrated to a rich stream of imagery and encompassed by a mood that fluctuates between a sense of euphoria and stagnation KHIBULA is a poetic reflection on the workings of power. After the success of SIMINDIS KUNDZULI/CORN ISLAND (2014) George ...
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Omnipresent

Omnipresent

Vezdesashtiat

Ilian Djevelekov
Bulgaria / 2017 / 120 min
To watch on whilst others feel unobserved, be a fly on the wall whilst they deceive, keep up appearances or enjoy moments of happiness, these powers are usually preserved to God alone. And marketing manager Emil. He has installed cameras in the ...
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Out

Out

Out

György Kristóf
Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic / 2017 / 88 min
An upbeat yet laconic road movie featuring Kafkaesque humour, elements of surrealism and alcohol-fuelled protagonists. Ágoston is unemployed and sets off in search of happiness, not West as is generally the case, but instead North-East, where he ...
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Pomegranate Orchard

Pomegranate Orchard

Nar baği

Ilgar Najaf
Azerbaijan / 2017 / 90 min
Old wounds are reopened when a farmer’s son unexpectedly returns to the pomegranate orchard. He deserted his wife and child twelve years ago, leaving them behind in Azerbaijan and disappearing without a trace. Over the years his father has taken ...
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The Basics of Killing

The Basics of Killing

Družinica

Jan Cvitkovič
Slovenia, Serbia / 2017 / 95 min
Farewell middle class existence! The decline comes both suddenly and inexorably: he loses his teaching job and she her position at the research laboratory. Initially unable to finance payments for the mortgage and car loan, they soon find themselves ...
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The Line

The Line

Čiara

Peter Bebjak
Slovakia, Ukraine / 2017 / 113 min
An atmospheric crime thriller accompanied by an evocative soundtrack that skillfully plays with genre conventions: the Slovak-Ukrainian border is the scene of mass-smuggling, in part due to the lack of jobs in the region. Slovakia's accession to the ...
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Wild Roses

Wild Roses

Dzikie róże

Anna Jadowska
Poland / 2017 / 93 min
An absorbing psychological portrait of a young woman from the Polish provinces: as a mother Ewa appears to be well out of her depth, whilst as a wife she long feels alienated from her husband. Then there’s her affair with a local sixteen-year-old, ...
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