|Final Press Release|
GoEast established successfully
Encouraging outcome for Second Wiesbaden Festival of Central and Eastern European films
Wiesbaden, April 17th, 2002
After its successful premiere last year, the second annual Wiesbaden goEast Film Festival of Central and Eastern European Film attracted the curiosity of international professionals and an audience from all over Germany. The festival came to a close on Wednesday with an award ceremony for the best film and best director. This year, for the first time, a donation from the "Hertie Foundation" allowed goEast to present an additional documentary award.
The festival presented ten feature films and five documentaries, among them two world premieres, two international premieres and five German premieres. The goEast prizes awarded this year included the Golden Lily Award for Best Film, endowed with €10.000; the award for Best Director, endowed by the City of Wiesbaden with €7.500; and the Documentary Award, endowed by the "Hertie Foundation" with €10.000. The head of the international jury, Georgian director Nana Djordjaze, awarded the prizes on Wednesday evening at the Caligari FilmBühne in Wiesbaden.
The prize for the Best Film was awarded to HI, TERESKA, a polish film by Robert Glinski. The jury acknowledged that the film "tells us the most touching story about the life of young people entering adult life in times of transition, presenting a heroine with whom we live together a short but intense time of life."
The prize for Best Directing was received by young Slovenian director Vojko Anzeljc for his film THE LAST SUPPER. He was awarded for presenting "us in a very simple cinematographic language an idyllic outing that does not last long, though. The main characters of the film - and maybe we all - are on the run and looking for a better and more human life. The director shows us through the eyes of two mentally retarded and lovable heroes the importance of humaneness."
Foundation" Documentary Award was given to a film that depicts,
in an exceptionally impressive way, the transformation process in the
Central and Eastern European countries. JOY
OF LIFE by Svetozar Ristovski from Macedonia was awarded for showing
"that love, music, and art know no borders or nationalities."
Altogether, this second goEast film festival showcased 127 long and short films, feature films and documentaries from 22 countries, accompanied by panel discussions, talks, several retrospectives and a scholarly symposium. For seven days, goEast welcomed about 350 guests and professionals - among them about 100 directors, producers, distributors, journalists and archivists from Central and Eastern Europe, the Macedonian Secretary for Cultural Affairs, Ms. Ganka Samoilovska-Cvetanova, and the representative of the Russian Secretary for Cultural Affairs, Mr. Vladimir Malyshev.
The Audience Awards for the student competition to which goEast had invited films from academies in Poland, Slovakia and Germany, were received in the section Documentary and Experimental Film by Barbara Medajska from Lodz for I COULD'VE BEEN HUMAN. Also from Lodz, the winner in the Short Feature Film section, Oscar nominated A MAN THING by Savomir Fabicki. ROCKS by Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel and Heidi Wittlinger from Ludwigsburg won the Audience prize in the Animation section- a premiere for a German student film as last years prizes all were awarded to the Prague film academy. Each prize was endowed with 750 €.
also highly approved of the presentation of the EU program EUREKA AUDIOVISUEL
where experts introduced students and graduates from East and West to
European subsidy programs.
This year's symposium, dedicated to the "Subversion of the Surreal", explored the correlation between esthetics and politics in Central and Eastern European film and hereby enabled a dialogue across nations and disciplines, its director Hans-Joachim Schlegel contently concluded. The results of the symposium will be published soon.
goEast media partner 3sat -TV again will broadcast festival films to make them accessible to a wider public, among them MÄNNERSACHE, the winner of the Audience Award in the section Short Feature Film in the student competition, and TINGLING BLUES which was part of the opening program of the festival.
Film Festival of Central and Eastern European Film is organized by the
Deutsches Filminstitut-DIF located in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Its aim
is to offer especially to west German audiences an exchange with Central
and Eastern European cultures.
JÓZSEF BERGER, Hungary, since 1997 Managing Director of Mythberg Filmproductions ("The Alchemist and the Virgin", "Paszport").
STEFAN LAUDYN, Poland, since 1991 director of the film festival in Warsaw and founder of the Warsaw Film Foundation (1995), member of the European Film Academy.
MILAN LUBIC, Slovenia, director, author, and managing director and head of production of Viba Film in Ljubljana from 1974 - 1978 and 1986 - 1989.
DANIEL ZUTA, Germany, director ("Der Fall Boran") and producer in Frankfurt ("Überall ist es besser, wo wir nicht sind", "Le Bal Masqué").
Film Award endowed by the "Hertie Foundation":
Award, endowed by the City of Wiesbaden:
Audience Awards for best Student Films:
and Experimental Film section: I COULD'VE BEEN HUMAN
Film section: A MAN THING
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