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  goEast 2004



Discover the Variety of Eastern European Film

An exciting week awaits the visitors of the 5th round of goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden: From 6 to 12 April the festival will be presenting the variety of contemporary Eastern European film in seven film sections. Additional events such as podium discussions, two exhibitions, lectures and the goEast Matinee shall also give insight on the cultural and political situation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Ten feature films and six documentaries are competing for the festival's prizes with a total of 27.500 Euro. The prizes will be awarded by the jury, led by the renowned Polish director Robert Glinski. Further members of the jury: Slovenian actress Aleksandra Balmazovic, CEO of Progress Film Distribution Jürgen Haase, Russian director Aleksej Popogrebskij and Usbekistanian director Jusup Razykov. In addition, the FIPRESCI- jury awards a prize for International Film Critique.

The international theater and film star Hanna Schygulla will be a guest at the goEast-Matinée on Sunday, April 10 (11am, Caligari Filmbühne). Hanna Schygulla will present her book „Du...Augen wie Sterne", in which she also remembers working with Wadja. In addition, goEast presents five films by Andrzej Wajda and a film poster exhibition on his work.

The Students' Competition is a favourite among audiences. It lasts three days and presents a wide-ranging short film competition with several German premieres. Moreover, there will be a dialogue forum "Meet the Filmschools", where film schools can present themselves. Three prizes, amounting to 750 Euro each (in the documentary and experimental film, short and animation film sectors) will be awarded by audiences.

goEast offers schools in Wiesbaden the school film days, funded by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. It is directed at elementary school children and junior high school students. This year, the films Hitlerjunge Salomon by Agnieszka Holland as well as two films for audiences over 6 years of age, namely: an animated puppet film Prince Bajaja and the Czech film Kolja by Jan Sverak.

When the curtain rises for the 5th round of goEast on the evening of April 6, in one of the most beautiful movie theaters of Germany, the Caligari FilmBühne in Wiesbaden, it does not merely mark the beginning of a film week; it signifies a week of new encounters and get-togethers with old friends, a possibility to make new contacts and enhance the dialogue between the East and the West.

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