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TIFLIS, TIFLIS / TBILISI-TBILISI
TBILISI-TBILISI

GARPASTUM / HARPASTUM
GARPASTUM

FACING THE DAY / DEM TAG INS AUGE SEHEN
FACING THE DAY

DEATH RODE OUT OF PERSIA / A HALAL KILOVAGOLT PERZSIABOL
DEATH RODE OUT OF PERSIA

DER TOD DES HERRN LAZARESCU / MOARTEA DOMNULUI LAZARESCU
THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU

ARBEIT BEDEUTET FREIHEIT / DELO OSVOBAJA
LABOUR EQUALS FREEDOM

PRÄMIE / PREMIUM
PREMIUM

Jury praises the unusual artistic quality of the feature films in the goEast competition

Main awards at goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden for competition entries from Georgia, Russia and Hungary / Hertie Foundation Documentary Award goes to world premiere from Croatia / Side bar programme with international stars like Victor Erofeyev and Jerzy Stuhr especially popular

With the grand award ceremony on Tuesday evening, the sixth instalment of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden – came to a close. For seven days, more than 150 long and short films could be seen on the screen – accompanied by film-talks, panel-discussions and an extensive number of special events. Ten feature films and six documentaries were in competition. The head of the jury, Ulrich Gregor, handed out the awards with a total endowment of € 29,500: the “Golden Lily” or Skoda-Award for the Best Film; the Award for the Best Director, endowed by the city of Wiesbaden; a new award highlighting artistic innovation and the support of young professionals sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office; as well as the non-profit Hertie Foundation Award for the Best Documentary. In its statement, the jury expressed its admiration of the unusually high artistic quality of the feature films that were shown.

In the sixth year of the festival’s existence, the many interdisciplinary events in the sidebar programme, a special feature of goEast, have established themselves as a fixture for audiences and trade visitors alike. Highlights of goEast included the symposium “Mainstream Made in Russia“, featuring guests such as the prominent Russian writer and cultural critic Victor Erofeyev. More than 300 spectators attended the scholarly event and the extensive accompanying film series devoted to discovering popular Russian cinema. As in past years, the Students’ Competition and the goEast Concert were audience hits. In its second year, the “Portrait” film series is also well-established. Numerous viewers followed goEast’s invitation to discover the unusual film oeuvre of the Lithuanian artist Sarunas Bartas. goEast’s plentiful offerings for emerging filmmakers also enjoyed great popularity. Young filmmakers from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe had the opportunity to meet with professionals and come away with diverse inspiration for their own projects.

In addition, a wide range of public discussion forums such as a Round Table on issues of distributing Central and Eastern European films in German-speaking countries gave 160 international guests and 80 journalists from Germany and abroad plenty of opportunity to exchange views and make contacts. “The lively discussions and the great interest in the events prove not only that goEast has established itself as a festival for its audience and professionals, but also that an event such as a festival can raise awareness about Eastern Europe“, festival director Christine Kopf said at the award ceremony. In 2006 goEast counted nearly 8,000 visitors at its screenings and its events, furthermore 800 attended the release concert for “Brot”, the new album by the Russian cult band “Leningrad“, which came especially for the occasion.

The Skoda-Award for the Best Film – endowed with € 10,000 – goes to TBILISI-TBILISI (Georgia 2005) by Levan Zakarejsvili, a film that for the jury “portrays in several episodes the changing living conditions in the capital of Georgia, combining sophisticated narrative structure and intelligent observation of everyday life with references to local and international cinema”.

The Award for the Best Director – endowed with €7,500 by the city of Wiesbaden – goes to GARPASTUM (Russia 2005) by Aleksej German Jr. The jury noted: “The film distinguished itself by the expressive style of visual language, the fluidity of the narration and the masterful direction of the actors, with or without the football.”

The Documentary Award by the Hertie Foundation – endowed with €10,000 – goes to Ivona Juka for the film FACING THE DAY (Croatia 2005), that was presented as a world premiere in the goEast-competition. The jury judged: "An encouraging, coherent film which offers a deep analysis of the life of three prisoners who undergo a process of liberating transformation as they are offered the possibility to be engaged in a theatre play.”

„The special charm of the festival lies in its combination of feature films and documentaries in the competition. We endow the Documentary Award for the fifth time: Especially in the long run the genre gives impressive insights in the transformation process of Central and Eastern Europe“, says Marlies Mosiek-Müller, Managing Director of the Hertie Foundation, which is the main private sponsor of goEast since the beginning of the festival.

A new award sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office, endowed with €2,000, highlighting “artistic originality which creates cultural diversity” goes to: DEATH RODE OUT OF PERSIA / A HALAL KILOVAGOLT PERZSIABOL (Hungary 2004) by Putyi Horvath.

The Jury awarded two special mentions, one to the film THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU / MOARTEA DOMNULUI LAZARESCU (Romania 2005) by Cristi Puiu, „in the hope that it will get distribution in Germany“ and one to LABOUR EQUALS FREEDOM / DELO OSVOBAJA (Slovenia 2005) by Damjan Kozole for a film “that succeeded with very limited means to present a touching urban story typical to any society in transition”.

For the fourth time, FIPRESCI the International Federation of Film Critics awarded the International Film Critics' Prize in Wiesbaden. THE CITY OF THE SUN / SLUNECNI STAT directed by Martin Sulik (Czech Republic, Slovakia 2005) convinced the film critics’ jury.

The BHF-BANK Foundation Award, awarded for the first time and endowed with €1,500, goes to PREMIUM by Alexandru Ionescu, Romania 2004 (UNATC, Bucharest). The jury (Christine Kopf, director of goEast, Professor Harald Pulch, Mainz; and Professor Rolf Schubert, Wiesbaden) praised its “confident direction of skilful actors, its sense for apt, subtle nuances and the classical precision of its images“.

On Saturday, the best short films of the international Students’ Film Competition won audience awards endowed with € 1,000. The top awards were won by the documentary film HALID BUNIC – VJECNI / HALID BUNIC – THE ETERNAL (Director: Damir Nemir Janecek from the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo – ASU), the short feature film ON WEDNESDAYS / SRIJEDOM (Director: Alma Becirovic from the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo – ASU) and the animated film MR. SCHWARTZ, MR. HAZEN & MR. HORLOCKER (director: Stefan Müller from the University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden).

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goEast 2006

THE JURY
Ulrich Gregor (Germany, head of the jury)
Boris Mitic (Serbia and Montenegro)
Mirsad Purivatra (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Eva Vezer (Hungary)

THE FIPRESCI-JURY
Gulnara Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan)
Matyaa Gyozo (Hungary)
Peter Hornung (Germany)


THE AWARDS

Skoda Award for the Best Film
TBILISI-TBILISI
Georgia 2005
directed by Levan Zakarejsvili

Hertie-Foundation Documentary Award
FACING THE DAY
Croatia 2005
directed by Ivona Juka

Award for the Best Director
GARPASTUM
Russia 2005
directed by Aleksej German Jr.

Award of the Federal Foreign Office
DEATH RODE OUT OF PERSIA / A HALÁL KILOVAGOLT PERZSIABOL
Hungary 2004
directed by Putyi Horvath

Special Mentions
THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU / MOARTEA DOMNULUI LAZARESCU
Romania 2005
directed by Cristi Puiu

LABOUR EQUALS FREEDOM / DELO OSVOBAJA
Slovenia 2005
directed by Damjan Kozole

International Film Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI PRIZE)
THE CITY OF THE SUN / SLUNECNI STAT
directed by Martin Sulik
Czech Republic, Slovakia 2005

Special award of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation
USSR-Russia-Transit / SSSR-Rossija-Transit
directed by Andrej Titov
Russia 2005

BHF-BANK-Foundation Award
PREMIUM by Alexandru Ionescu, Romania 2004
Film School: National University of Drama and Film „I.L. Caragiale“ – UNATC, Bucharest

(jury: Christine Kopf, director of goEast, Prof. Harald Pulch, Institute for Media Design at the University of Applied Sciences, Mainz; and Prof. Rolf Schubert, Department for Design at the University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden)

   
           
         
           
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HALID BUNIC – VJECNI / UNSTERBLICHER HALID BUNIC
HALID BUNIC – VJECNI / HALID BUNIC – THE ETERNAL

IMMER MITTWOCHS / SRIJEDOM
SRIJEDOM / ON WEDNESDAYS

 

 

In the section Documentary and Experimental Film, the award – endowed with € 1,000 – goes to:

HALID BUNIC – VJECNI / HALID BUNIC – THE ETERNAL by Damir Nemir Janecek, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2005
Film School: Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo – ASU

Second Prize:
MAN KANN SICH AN ALLES GEWÖHNEN.... WIRKLICH AN ALLES? / YOU CAN GET USED TO ANYTHING... by Hector Jesus Gutierrez Rodriguez, Germany 2005
Film School: University of the Arts Kassel

Third Prize:
OUT OF THE VOID by Markus Ruff, Germany 2005
Film School: Berlin University of the Arts – UdK


In the section Short Feature Film, the award – endowed with € 1,000 – goes to:

SRIJEDOM / ON WEDNESDAYS by Alma Becirovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004
Film School: Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo – ASU

Second Prize:
PREMIUM by Alexandru Ionescu, Romania 2004
Film School: Staatliche Hochschule für Theater und Film „I.L. Caragiale“ – UNATC, Bukarest

Third Prize:
PRVA PLATA / PAYCHECK by Alen Drljevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2005
Film School: Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo – ASU


In the section Animated Film, the award – endowed with € 1,000 – goes to:

MR. SCHWARTZ, MR. HAZEN & MR. HORLOCKER by Stefan Müller, Germany 2005
Film School: University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden

Second Prize:
MANIC MOONDAYS by Martin Schiffter, Germany 2005
Film School: University of the Arts Kassel

Third Prize:
EGO SUM ALPHA ET OMEGA by Jan-Peter Meier, Germany 2005
Film School: University of the Arts Kassel

   
           
         
           
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