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

THE ADVENTURES OF SUKRAN THE LAME

TOPAL ŞÜKRAN'IN MACERALARI

Onur Ünlü
Turkey / 2019 / 80 min
Sukran's story begins with an accident, and now she will have to master her still young life with a stiff leg. But she doesn't let this get her down, dreaming of love, physical closeness and a feeling of security. However, something is constantly ...
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AGA'S HOUSE

AGA'S HOUSE

SHPIA E AGËS

Lendita Zeqiraj
Kosovo, Croatia, France, Albania / 2019 / 107 min
The wounds of the Kosovo conflict refuse to heal, not least since in addition to the dead there are numerous living victims. In a patriarchal society the fates of women and children, let alone their hopes and desires, are rarely heard however. And ...
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BY A SHARP KNIFE

BY A SHARP KNIFE

OSTRÝM NOŽOM

Teodor Kuhn
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2019 / 90 min
A political thriller focused on a father who fights for justice for his son, the victim of a neo-Nazi knife attack, and thus finds himself in a battle against the odds of shadowy justice system. Why is no lawyer willing to take up his cause? What is ...
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FULL MOON

FULL MOON

PUN MJESEC

Nermin Hamzagić
Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2019 / 85 min
Hamza is irreplaceable. The young policeman just about manages to deliver his heavily pregnant wife to the maternity ward before his night shift begins. At the station the usual problems await: generally his colleagues are willing to help overcome ...
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I AM REN

I AM REN

JESTEM REN

Piotr Ryczko
Poland / 2019 / 75 min
Blissful love is an extremely rare and fragile asset. It has a particularly difficult time when forces whose origins cannot be pinpointed precisely then interfere in everyday life. Suddenly, everything that was previously taken for granted is called ...
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LOVE CUTS

LOVE CUTS

REŽI

Kosta Đorđević
Serbia, Croatia / 2019 / 80 min
Aja on adrenalin. Have the flat to herself though she might, outside the dog days of summer are in full swing. A teenager under pressure, her mother constantly calls, her boyfriend is losing interest and rival gangs wander the neighbourhood streets. ...
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MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT

MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT

MOI DUMKY TYKHI

Antonio Lukich
Ukraine / 2019 / 103 min
The Ukraine: whilst in the east the war rumbles on, people in the west dream of freedom. Between these extremes, life goes on unabated. Families continue to get together at the dinner table, leading to the inevitable questions of getting married, ...
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NATIONAL STREET

NATIONAL STREET

NÁRODNÍ TŘÍDA

Štěpán Altrichter
Czech Republic, Germany / 2019 / 90 min
Life doesn't love Vandam, he loves his local pub however and especially the owner Lucka. When he realises that Lucka has debts and will soon have to shut up shop he declares war on the estate agent who, in his eyes, is to blame for everything. A ...
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PIG

PIG

GORI

Giga Liklikadze
Georgia / 2019 / 81 min
Georgia, the promised land for many travellers thanks to its stunning landscapes. And yet beyond the tourist-trail life is dominated by isolation, unemployment and poverty. In this, his feature film debut, director Giga Liklikadze turns the spotlight ...
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SISTER

SISTER

SESTRA

Svetla Tsotsorkova
Bulgaria, Qatar / 2019 / 98 min
Her family was brutally murdered by the mafia when she was a child. Her mother abandoned her and consequently she grew up in an orphanage. At least these are the kinds of stories Rayna tells the potential purchasers of her clay figurines. She really ...
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the SUN ABOVE ME NEVER SETS

the SUN ABOVE ME NEVER SETS

MIN URDUBER KYUN KHAHAN DA KIIRBET

Lyubov Borisova
Russia (Yakutia) / 2019 / 108 min
Young Altan learns to forgive and old Baibal encounters the terms “channel” and “likes” in this quite wonderful Yakutian tale of friendship presented by Lyubov Borisova in the form of contemplation and retreat in the northern tundra, all the ...
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the VOICE

the VOICE

GLAS

Ognjen Sviličić
Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia / 2019 / 76 min
With his mother due to set out for several months' service on a cruise ship, seventeen-year-old Goran has no choice but to attend a boarding school. The family ends up choosing a Catholic grammar school in the Dalmatian hinterlands. Goran however is ...
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