Many News From The East

In its third year, goEast has established its position internationally

On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003, goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, ended atmospherically in Wiesbaden with the presentation of the awards for the best film and best director, as well as the documentary award donated by the Hertie-Foundation. For seven days, 107 feature and short films from 18 countries were presented, among them 16 current international and German premieres and one world premiere. Apart from the new record for submitted contest films, goEast can also announce another increase in the number of visitors: A total of 5500 guests participated in the festival, plus approximately 90 invited international guests and 180 specialist visitors. In 2002, 4800 guests attended. The still young festival had established itself in its second year, with its third edition it now has become a solid part of the international film scene and is being held in high regard not only because of his varied program, but also its special atmosphere.

In the contest, 9 feature films and 6 documentaries from the last two production years competed for the awards, endowed with a total sum of 27.500 Euros. The chairman of the international jury, Czech director and Oscar winner Jirí Menzel, presented the awards on Wednesday evening in the festival cinema Caligari in Wiesbaden.

The award for the Best Film, endowed with 10.000 Euros, was presented to the film THE KEY FOR DETERMINING DWARFS, OR THE LAST TRAVEL OF LEMUEL GULLIVER, Czech Republic, 2002 directed by Martin Šulik. This film essay about Czech director Pavel Jurácek skillfully oscillates between documentary and fiction film by combining authentic diary records and archival footage with re-enacted scenes in which Jurácek is played by his son Marek. Šulik creates a poetically compressed view at the life and work of the director, on which the political events in the Prague of the Sixties left their mark.

The Documentary Award of the Hertie-Foundation, endowed with 10.000 Euros, for the documentary that depicts the transformation process in Eastern Europe in an especially impressive way, went to BREAD OVER THE FENCE, Bulgaria, 2002, directed by Stephan Komandarev. BREAD OVER THE FENCE depicts how two small Bulgarian villages have achieved tolerance and solidarity after years of religious conflicts.

The award for Best Directing, endowed with 7.500 Euros by the City of Wiesbaden, went to the film BALLROOM DANCING, Hungary, 2003, by Lívia Gyarmathy. The film's humorous and respectful observation of the inhabitants of a remote Hungarian village where the weekly dancing lessons are one of the few distractions convinced the jury.

Specially mentioned was ANGEL ON THE RIGHT, Tajikistan, 2002, by Dzamsed Usmonov. Again, the jury's decision is mainly based on the content of the film: a man never abandons hope despite the hardships of life.

The International Critic's Prize is presented for the first time this year in Wiesbaden and was given to THE SLEEPWAKERS, Hungary, 2002, directed by Bence Miklauzic. FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, also specially mentioned BREAD OVER THE FENCE.

The Audience Awards for the Student Film Competition were already presented last Saturday.
In the category documentary and experimental film, Sylvie Hohlbaum and Gregor Schubert from the HfG Offenbach won with WENN DER EISBERG KALBT, in the category short feature film, Martin Turk from the AGRFT Ljubljana, Slovenia received an award for DER AUSFLUG (IZLET), and in the category animation film, Tillmann Vogt from the FH Mainz won with TOBI. Each award was endowed with 750 Euros.

The organizers were also satisfied with the results and the acceptance of the symposium, presided by Berlin film historian Dr. Hans-Joachim Schlegel. In respect to the German-Russian culture encounters 2003/2004, scholars from Moscow, Riga, Vilnius, Berlin, and Gernsbach examined the "Images of the German in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema".

"We are very happy that goEast establishes itself more and more with each year as an important platform for the Central and Eastern European film", says festival director Claudia Dillmann. "Not only film makers from Central and Eastern Europe have discovered the festival for themselves, but so has the audience in the Rhein-Main area. This positive response confirms the concept of goEast. We want to initiate an intense exchange with Central and Eastern Europe - through current and historic films, conversations, lectures, and most of all personal contacts with our guests. Each year we experience how the dialogue helps to dissolve ignorance, uncertainty, and the still existing borders in people's heads."

goEast 2003

JIRÍ MENZEL (chairman), director and Oscar-winner, Czech Republic NAE CARANFIL, director, Romania
ROSSITSA VALKANOVA, producer, Bulgaria
MACIEJ KARPINSKI, scriptwriter and producer, Poland
KURT KUPFERSCHMIDT, Managing Director of the distribution and production company Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH, Germany

György Báron, Hungary
Bojidar Manov, Vice President of FIPRESCI, Bulgaria
Marcus Stiglegger, Germany


Best Film:

Documentary Award of the Hertie-Foundation:
Stephan Komandarev for BREAD OVER THE FENCE (Bulgaria, 2002)

Best Directing:
Lívia Gyarmathy for BALLROOM DANCING (Hungary, 2003)

Special Mention:
Dzamsed Usmonov for ANGEL ON THE RIGHT (Tajikistan, 2002)

International Critic's Prize (FIPRESCI prize):
Bence Miklauzic for THE SLEEPWAKERS (Hungary, 2002)

FIRPRESCI Special Mention:
Stephan Komandarev for BREAD OVER THE FENCE (Bulgaria, 2002)

Audience awards for best Student's film:

Category I - Documentaries and experimental films:
Director: Sylvie Hohlbaum, Gregor Schubert
Germany 2002 (HfG Offenbach)

Category II - Short feature films:
Director: Martin Turk
Slovenia 2002 (AGRFT Ljubljana)

Category III - Animation films:
Director: Tillmann Vogt
Germany 2002 (FH Mainz)


opening ceremony