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Numerous SPECIALS round off this year's festival programme: these range from films by our jury members to TV series in the SerienLounge@KB in the formerly cafeteria of the Cottbus Kammerbühne, a homage to Christa Wolf on the occasion of the DEFA studio's 75th anniversary to FullDome films in the planetarium, and an interactive film screening from Cottbus as well as "Kinoteatr" from Zielona Góra. In our SPECIALS you can see new things and encounter the familiar ... And so: rediscover your curiosity and dive into the unknown. Discover those things you always wanted to know more about.

The War of Raya Sinitsina

The War of Raya Sinitsina

Milchamta shel Raya Sinitsina

Efim Graboy
Israel / 2020 / 89 min
A young filmmaker meets a self-confident veteran: Raya Sinitsina battled against the siege of Leningrad. Efim Graboy wants to make a film about the Soviet war heroine. Sixty-two years of life experience divides the two however and, indeed, it is not ...
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Preparations To Be Together For  an Unknown Period Of Time

Preparations To Be Together For an Unknown Period Of Time

Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre

Lili Horvát
Hungary / 2020 / 93 min
Delusion and and reality in this mysterious psychological drama about a Hungarian woman who returns from her American exile since she believes she has found the love of her life. Was it all just (self-) deception however?
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Chicks (Ep. 1 - 4)

Chicks (Ep. 1 - 4)

Chicki (Ep. 1 - 4)

Eduard Oganesyan
Russia / 2020 / 195 min
A suspense-packed tragicomedy about four provincial sex workers who want to quit their jobs and open the region's first fitness club. What could possibly go wrong? Everything it would seem, from threats from their ex-pimp, fraudsters from within ...
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The Defender

The Defender

Ochránce

Tereza Kopáčová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 129 min
From the classroom to the underworld. In this gripping “Czech Noir” crime series, set in an unusual setting, youth counsellor Aleš Pelán is sent to schools in order to investigate mysterious cases of bullying and sexual harassment which, in ...
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What does BiH Mean To You?

What does BiH Mean To You?

Šta tebi znači BiH?

Alma Çoçaj, Rea Memić, Sara Ristić, Mirela Salihović
Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2021 / 69 min
To stay or to go? How does one find happiness during a pandemic? This omnibus film by five directing students from Sarajevo focuses on people in search of a better life and the longing for a home.
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Miss Butterfly

Miss Butterfly

Fräulein Schmetterling

Kurt Barthel
GDR, Germany / 1965-2020 / 68 min
Around fifty years after it was first filmed, the DEFA studio's last remaining prohibited film was reconstructed by the DEFA Foundation: MISS BUTTERFLY tells the story of two orphaned girls who end up under the guidance of the state. A mixture of ...
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Divided Heaven

Divided Heaven

Der Geteilte Himmel

Konrad Wolf
GDR / 1964 / 110 min
After her boyfriend escapes from the GDR a young woman breaks down both physically and mentally. Konrad Wolf's differentiated search for clues as to the causes of this debacle led to creation of an aesthetically modern and politically courageous film ...
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Time Loops - A Conversation With Christa Wolf

Time Loops - A Conversation With Christa Wolf

Zeitschleifen - Im Dialog mit Christa Wolf

Karlheinz Mund
GDR / 1964 / 101 min
The writer Christa Wolf, an individual of central importance in the fields of literature and intellectual history in the GDR, in open conversation with her colleague and friend Daniela Dahn. She provides information about the fissures in her ...
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Wir bleiben treu, Teil 1&2

Wir bleiben treu, Teil 1&2

Vernymi ostanemsja

Andrej Maljukow
Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, ČSSR, GDR, Hungary, Spain / 1988 / 181 min
Communists from six countries, fighting on the side of the International Brigades against the fascists during the Spanish Civil War, take an oath to remain true to themselves. The film traces their journeys over a period of twenty years, right up to ...
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In Search

In Search

Auf der Suche

Erik Schiesko
Germany / 2015 / 90 min
Feature film meets computer game: Lukas Zimmer, the twenty-seven-year-old editor of a daily newspaper, discovers a photo of himself under an obituary from 1986 in the archives. How can that be? A point-and-click adventure from Lusatia, led by a ...
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The Year Before the War

The Year Before the War

Gads pirms kara

Dāvis Sīmanis
Latvia, Czech Republic, Lithuania / 2020 / 90 min
Europe on the brink. Peter, a Latvian who goes by the name of Hans, gets caught up in the political vortex of anarchists, Bolsheviks and right-wing extremists in 1913 in this surrealistic take on the turbulence of the period leading up to the First ...
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Love You Too

Love You Too

Ja ciebie tez

Lech Mackiewicz
Poland / 2020 / 72 min
  Three young actors. Dreams of the big stage. And a three-way relationship. When they apply for the same role in the play of a famed director they are forced to compete against one another in the casting in this creative filming of a theatrical ...
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Painful Points

Painful Points

Bolevye tochki

Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Russia / 2010 / 27 min
Self-awareness from a drama student who, in the words of her professor, shakes her head "like a horse" when she speaks. Marya Shumakova, as she's called, first talks about her desire to become an actress, tells her mother on the phone about problems ...
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As if Waiting for a Bus

As if Waiting for a Bus

Slovno zhdu avtobusa

Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Russia / 2009 / 20 min
Young people in the provinces. The men drive restlessly from one housing estate to another. At a bus stop Vlada is waiting for the bus, which anyway will never arrive. They give her a lift. They get drunk. Have sex. That's just the way it is. And ...
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Space Dog

Space Dog

Sobachij Kajf

Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Russia / 2012 / 27 min
Prior to the release of his debut feature film "Corrections Class", Ivan Tverdovsky gained international recognition via a number of documentaries. This film observes young people playing "Space Dog", whereby you hold your breath and someone else ...
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How I Became a Partisan

How I Became a Partisan

Ako som sa stala partizánkou

Vera Lacková
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2020 / 90 min
It sounds like something from a fairy tale: the stories a wife tells her daughter of a great-grandfather who fought against a dark king. Thus is no fairy tale however, but instead the real story of a Romany fighter who participated in the resistance ...
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Bird Atlas

Bird Atlas

Atlas ptáků

Olmo Omerzu
Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, France / 2021 / 86 min
Wealth, abuse of power and a desperate search for love. The old patriarch suffers a heart attack and, together with his closest confidante, 41 million have suddenly disappeared. Mistrust is rampant among the family members who run the company. A ...
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Commitment Hasan

Commitment Hasan

Baglilik Hasan

Semih Kaplanoğlu
Turkey / 2021 / 147 min
An existence lived under pressure: Hasan earns a living for himself and his family as a small-scale farmer. This almost idyllic routine is threatened by plans to build a power line across his fields. Hasan begins his very own fight against the ...
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Stop - Zemlia

Stop - Zemlia

Stop - Zemlia

Kateryna Gornostai
Ukraine / 2021 / 122 min
Last class, first love and newfound freedom in a series of everyday portraits from the 11th grade in Kiev. In capturing them filmmaker Kateryna Gornostai makes the welcome decision of dispensing with major conflicts and drama in this film about young ...
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MIOB In Shorts Part 1

MIOB In Shorts Part 1

MIOB In Shorts Part 1

diverse
AT, GB, UA, IL, BG, SK, AM, LT, BE, BA / 2019 - 2020 / 144 min min
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MIOB In Shorts Part 2

MIOB In Shorts Part 2

MIOB In Shorts Part 2

divers
BY, ES, NL, RS, DE / 2019 - 2020 / 133 min min
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Chicks (Ep. 5 - 8)

Chicks (Ep. 5 - 8)

Chicki (Ep. 5 - 8)

Eduard Oganesyan
Russia / 2020 / 241 min
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