SECTION: Feature Film Competition
The twelve best productions from Central and Eastern Europe. Up-and-coming talents compete with star directors. They all want just one thing: our charming prize sculpture called LUBINA and the main prize endowed with 25,000 €.
The heroes and heroines, as well as the anti-heroes and -heroines of this year's Feature Film Competition, featured across a total of twelve films from 17 producing countries, all of which will feature on German cinema screens for the first time, not to mention two international and two world premiere screenings, are once again faced with unusual challenges to which they are required to find correspondingly unconventional solutions. The emotional ups and downs of everyday life often condense into a hard-hitting reality that, at times, can border on the absurd. In such situations it's not easy to stay afloat and yet it's possible, and the same goes for maintaining one's dignity and the humaneness that comes with it. Whether set to a backdrop of the dog days of summer in Belgrade, the solitude of the Arctic Ocean or pressure, be it from corrupt colleagues, dogmatic fellow believers or the passing of time under gentrification, this year's featured films, the works of an unusually high number of up-and-coming directors, refuse to hold back in broaching society's fault lines, giving expression to contradictions before proceeding to interweave them into a single narrative. Ranging from political thrillers to buddy movies, sitcom to science fiction, best of friends to sworn enemies and the remote provinces to “Ideal Home” the end result is always a down-to-earth energy that is at once curious, liberating and entertaining. BB
Cut It Out – Films Against Censorship
Within the framework of the Cut It Out – Films Against Censorship project the Goethe-Institut, in collaboration with arte and Berlinale-Shorts, tasked twenty renowned directors with producing 45-second clips on the topic of censorship. These included East European filmmakers such as Benedek Fliegauf, Radu Jude, Nikolai Nasedkin and Jasmila Zbanić. The films are a visible sign of solidarity with the people of all those countries where freedom of expression is restricted and furthermore seek to draw attention to the general dangers of censorship, which also has the potential to threaten liberal societies.
The directors of the project come from Angola, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, the USA and Vietnam.
More information on the project, as well as all films, can be found on the website of the Goethe-Institut: https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/flm/prk/cup.html?wt_sc=cutitoutshorts
The FilmFestival Cottbus will show a selection of these short films before this year's Feature Film Competition screenings.
THE ADVENTURES OF SUKRAN THE LAME
TOPAL ŞÜKRAN'IN MACERALARI
Turkey / 2019 / 80 min
SHPIA E AGËS
Kosovo, Croatia, France, Albania / 2019 / 107 min
the SUN ABOVE ME NEVER SETS
MIN URDUBER KYUN KHAHAN DA KIIRBET
Russia (Yakutia) / 2019 / 108 min