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Twelve films from nineteen producing nations compete for the Lubina awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Acting Performance. Twelve stories as diverse as eastern Europe itself; from inner journeys to a barnstorming escape from reality. Films about people, more than half of them women, undergoing change: from St. Petersburg and Murmansk, Tbilisi and Brighton Beach, to motherhood and jail, non-conformism and a brass band, care and rebellion. Emotions ranging from tender family bonds and the making of history. “Keep up the good work” and panic reactions, solidarity and surreality. Familiar situations, individual fates shaped by ruptures, challenges followed by a hangover and a standstill experienced in fast motion; opposites that attract. All made for the big screen. (Bernd Buder)

Sughra's Sons

Sughra's Sons

Sugra ve ogullari

Ilgar Najaf
Azerbaijan,France,Germany / 2021 / 85 min
The men of the Islamic republics in the Soviet Union's south refuse to participate in the Great Patriotic War. Instead they retreat to the impenetrable mountains. Sughra's husband is there too; their two sons are still with her. That is until the ...
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Compartment No. 6

Compartment No. 6

Hytti nro 6

Juho Kuosmanen
Finland, Germany, Estonia, Russia / 2021 / 106 min
A twin journey to another world. Laura came to Moscow from Finland to learn Russian. Then she fell in love with Irina and stayed. When the two of them plan to set off together to see ancient rock drawings, thousands of kilometers away from Moscow, ...
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Brighton 4th

Brighton 4th

Brighton 4th

Levan Koguashvili
Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, Monaco, USA / 2021 / 95 min
Tbilisi - Brooklyn, One Way, in this tragic-comic winner of the New York Tribeca Festival about former wrestling champion Khakchi, who travels from Georgia to New York to help a son who has ended up in trouble with the mafia. To a backdrop of the ...
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Looking for Venera

Looking for Venera

Në kërkim të Venerës

Norika Sefa
Kosovo, North Macedonia / 2021 / 108 min
Narrow gorges and clearly-defined hierarchies in this coming-of-age story, both sensitive and intimate, set in provincial Kosovo. In the strongly patriarchal environment she finds herself in quiet, taciturn Venera yearns for the freedom to finally be ...
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The Staffroom

The Staffroom

Zbornica

Sonja Tarokić
Croatia, France / 2021 / 126 min
Power games and intrigue in the staff room. Anamarija has finally found a permanent job as a counsellor at a school. The atmosphere there however is clouded by discord and cliqueism. At first Anamarija tries to stay out of it, soon however she ...
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A Blue Flower

A Blue Flower

Plavi cvijet

Zrinko Ogresta
Croatia / 2021 / 85 min
A grandmother, mother and daughter. Mirjana, a single parent, is growing annoyed with her pubescent daughter; as the singer in an underground band she is increasingly gaining in confidence. At the same time mother is visiting. Narrated with great ...
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Leave No Traces

Leave No Traces

Żeby nie było śladów

Jan P. Matuszyński
Poland / 2021 / 160 min
Everything could have been so wonderful; the school-leaving exams are over, the holidays are just around the corner and the future beckons with its charm of freedom in this poignant film about the tragic death of a young person and the police's ...
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In Limbo

In Limbo

Mezhsezonie

Alexander Hant
Russia / 2021 / 110 min
A high-energy road movie that takes in the vastness of provincial Russia. Two teenagers in a riotous state reminiscent of a cross between “Thelma and Louise” and “Natural Born Killers”. The rebellious Sasha and Danny flee from their ...
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107 Mothers

107 Mothers

Cenzorka

Peter Kerekes
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine / 2021 / 93 min
In the heat of the moment Lesya committed a crime that earns her a seven-year prison sentence. She has just given birth to her first child and now enters a world where only women exist in this story on the uniformity of everyday prison life and the ...
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Orchestra

Orchestra

Orkester

Matevž Luzar
Slovenia / 2021 / 111 min
Brass music gone astray: a brass band from provincial Slovenia on tour in Austria. Alongside the music they mainly party, with culture-clash and generational conflicts always smoothed out with the help of a drink. Things don't always go smoothly ...
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Saving One Who Was Dead

Saving One Who Was Dead

Zpráva o Záchrane Mrtvého

Václav Kadrnka
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2021 / 90 min
Life and death: a man is in a coma. His wife and son stand by him at his bedside in defiance of fate and the dire prognosis of the doctors in this case for taking time for your loved ones as they near the end of life.
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Spiral

Spiral

Spirál

Cecilia Felméri
Hungary, Romania / 2020 / 98 min
A myth of nature, at once idyll for non-conformists and nightmarish landscape: Bence and Janka have moved to a remote forest lake to set up a fish farm. The couple's relationship is broken however and at some point Janka is gone. Whilst stoically ...
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