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In their countries of origin east European productions often prove more successful than international mainstream hits. Ranging from adventure thriller and social comedy, films with high production value are created that provide multi-faceted entertainment full of intellect, endless tension and a diversity of punchlines.

Often it's those countries able to look back on a long cinematic tradition that are ahead of the game. The success of large-scale commercial productions in Russia is now well-established and largely owes its success to a precise plot development that focuses on everyday heroes who, finding themselves in extreme situations, manage to excel themselves. The commercial success of Serbian blockbusters is also based on the emphasis it places on completely normal people, though here it's more a question of interpersonal ruptures, often ironically exaggerated. Time and again however smaller film-producing nations also manage to spring a surprise with box office successes, often possessing a universal potential to become international success stories. Good entertainment cinema with added value, which unfortunately is far too seldom able to overcome the borders of its country of production and gain global recognition.

 

 

Escape

Escape

Byagstvo

Victor Bojinov
Bulgaria / 2021 / 106 min
Rural commune meets boot camp: whilst some are looking for happiness and freedom in an abandoned mountain village, others down in the valley work with almost merciless discipline to free drug addicts from their addictions. When a youngster escapes ...
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Goodbye Soviet Union

Goodbye Soviet Union

Hüvasti, NSVL

Lauri Randla
Estonia, Finland / 2020 / 88 min
From pioneer and punk: When, against orders Johannes goes swimming in the restricted military area, his family is forced to leave "Leningrad III" and faced with new challenges in this situation comedy à la “Goodbye Lenin” about an early youth ...
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NIMBY - Not in My Backyard

NIMBY - Not in My Backyard

Nimby

Teemu Nicki
Finland / 2020 / 94 min
A shoot-out in the provinces. A family reunion at which all expectations of common decency go unmet, taboos come to light and prejudices are cultivated. Here several worlds collide: Hetero and homo, polygamous and monogamous, cosmopolitan and ...
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Hive

Hive

Zgjoi

Blerta Basholli
Kosovo, Switzerland, Northern Macedonia, Albania / 2021 / 83 min
Grief and emancipation. Krushë e Madhe, a village in Kosovo, in 2005. The men who disappeared here during the war in the aftermath of a massacre are still missing. As well as carrying economic and social responsibility, the women here have to ...
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Tune Up

Tune Up

Po Tamburi

Stanislav Tomić
Croatia, Slovenia / 2020 / 90 min
Music is their life, or to be more precise Slavonian folklore is! The four men are passionate amateur musicians and pin all their hopes on the folklore competition “Po Tamburi”. It's soon called off however since the main prize, the "Golden Ham", ...
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Fire

Fire

Ogon

Alexey Nuzhny
Russia / 2020 / 131 min
Caution, hot! This Russian blockbuster, set to an inferno of flames, is drama of the very highest order. Moving at breakneck speed a group of firefighters battles its way through the burning forests of Siberia to save the inhabitants of a remote ...
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Heavens Above

Heavens Above

Nebesa

Srđjan Dragojević
Serbia, Germany, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia / 2021 / 122 min
Stojan is an upright man, a caring father and remarkably humble to boot. A short circuit in a light bulb brings him unexpected illumination however, as a halo suddenly adorns Stojan's head. He becomes the neighbourhood's main attraction and turns the ...
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South Wind 2: Speed Up

South Wind 2: Speed Up

Južni vetar 2: Ubrzanje

Miloš Avramović
Serbia / 2021 / 126 min
Booming hip-hop beats, daring car chases and shoot-outs galore. Drug lord Petar Maraš has a sprawling mansion, an endless supply of money and no shortage of enemies. When his jealous brother rebels his enemies sense their chance and strike: thus ...
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