The East opening up
Foretaste of the EU-expansion – goEast strikes a positive balance
The fourth goEast Festival of Central and European Film ended on Tuesday
April 27 2004 with the awards for the Best Film, Best Director as well
as the Documentary Award of the non-profit Hertie Foundation. During six
days, 104 films were screened – accompanied by film-discussions,
panels and a substantial program of special events.
On Tuesday evening, Hungarian director and head of the jury Ibolya Fekete
handed out awards with a combined sum of € 27.500 in price-money:
The Documentary Award of the Hertie Foundation, along with € 10.000, went to Stephan Komandarev for his film AZBUKA NA NADEDATA (ALPHABET DER HOFFNUNG), Bulgaria 2003. The "decent and warm-hearted portrayal of the silent courage of its heroes in overcoming social, ethnic and human challenges" won the jury over.
The Award for Best Director, endowed with € 7.500 by the city of Wiesbaden, went to Benedek Fliegauf for his film DEALER , Hungary 2004, ”a precise and expressive artistic description of an extreme human experience in the modern world.”
Honourable mentions went to three films: the Polish documentary BAR NA VICTORII (EINE BAR AN DER VICTORIA STATION), Poland 2003 by Leszek David, “for the visual protrayal of a dramatic experience in contemporary Europe through two colourful characters”; to the black-and-white anti-war film POSLEDNIJ POEDZ (DER LETZTE ZUG) Russia 2003, Director: Aleksej German jr. “for outstanding visual qualities”; and finally to STARUCHI (ALTE FRAUEN) by Gennadij Sidorov, Russland 2003 “for creating a world of warmth, love and humour, where coexistence of different cultures becomes possible.”
For the second time, the FIPRESCI gave out the Award of the International Film Critics at the festival. DAS WETTER VON MORGEN (POGODA NA JUTRO) by Polish director Jerzy Stuhr impressed the jury by „successfully portraying the breakdown of family life as a metaphor on society, combining sympathy with satire and pointing towards an inevitable future.”
The best short films of the Students’ Competition had already been announced on Saturday, with the audience selecting the winners, who were awarded € 750. In the category for Documentaries and Experimental films, Gregor M. Schubert’s BALL OF FAME VON Gregor M. Schubert from the University for Design Offenbach took the honours. The Award for Short Feature went to KRAJ IGRE (ENDSPIEL) by Petar Oreškovic, from the Academy of Dramatic Art – ADU in Zagreb. XAEAHEPA (BADINERIE) by Dragomir Sholev from the State Academy for Theatre and Cinematic Arts – NATFA in Sofia won the award for Best Animated Film.
Film-historian Dr. Hans-Joachim Schlegel, head of the academic-interdisciplinary symposium, was more than happy with the audience-turnout at his event. Under the title “Identity in times after the change” international speakers examined the current cinematics of the new member states Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. The subject attracted around 250 participants into the cinemas and auditoriums – another sign of great interest in the cultural changes in Central and Eastern Europe. goEast will accompany these changes with films, discussions and meetings in the years to come. Christine Kopf is optimistic: “We are convinced that this exchange is an important contribution when it comes to reduce still-existent fears, ignorance and imaginary borders.”
THE FIPRESCI JURY
Best Film Award
Documentary Award of Hertie Foundation
Best Director Award
POEDZ (THE LAST TRAIN)
(THE OLD WOMEN)
I – documentary and experimental film
II – short feature film
III – animation