Highlights - Most Remarkable Films
A special section for the curious and the explorers: goEast presents outstanding films that have met with great success in their countries of origin or at other festivals. Highlights of the Central and Eastern European film that are especially worth seeing.
At the outbreak of war in Bosnia the gay Serb student Milan finds himself trapped in Sarajevo along with his partner Kenan, a Muslim cellist. The couple manages to flee the besieged city to Milan’s Serbian village, where Kenan is obliged to dress in women’s clothes and pretend to be Milan’s wife in order to escape ethnic persecution. Then Milan is called up to the army, and their situation becomes almost unbearable... Alternating between tragedy, comedy, and spaghetti western, this courageous debut feature faced considerable hostility before completion, with the director even receiving death threats. After the premiere at the Sarajevo Festival, however, the team was celebrated enthusiastically.
Bambi: 09.04. / 8.00 pm
HRUBES A MARES JSOU KAMARADI DO DESTE / HRUBES
AND MARES – FRIENDS COME RAIN OR SHINE
Hrubes und Mares are an odd couple: Permanently short of cash, the two friends spend their time together dreaming about making it big, about fame, riches and grand passion. After Hrubes is thrown out by his parents, they move in together, only to find life in their bachelor pad much less glamorous than they expected. But then they meet up with Karpatti, a film director who makes up in eccentricity what he lacks in success. He has high-flying plans, and is determined to cast them in his next film. For Hrubes and Mares, their daydreams are suddenly within reach... A pointed comedy by award-winning director Vladimir Moravek about magnificent dreams and the less dazzling, but still satisfying, reality of life.
Bambi: 09.04. / 10.00 pm
JESTEM / I AM
11-year-old Mongrel runs away from a bleak children’s home in order to live with his mother. After she turns him away – she is an alcoholic who cannot even care for herself – the boy sets up home in an abandoned boat on the river, and gets by with petty thefts. He meets a friend and soulmate in Marble, a girl who lives nearby – she too feels lonely and forsaken, although her wealthy family background is very different. Combining naturalism with the poetic and scored with music by Michael Nyman, this superbly photographed and acted film relates a touching tale of an unusual childhood friendship.
Bambi: 07.04. / 6.00 pm
When NATO forces march into Kosovo in 1999, the Serb wardens in a makeshift psychiatric hospital are among those who flee. Many “lunatics” find themselves unexpectedly at liberty, including the agile Hasan, the doll-like Mara, and the silent Kukumi. While some semblance of normality begins to return to the heavily bombed country, the three of them wander about like visitors from another planet. Director Isa Qosja presents their escapades in a series of picturesque tableaux with parable-like qualities, which end when one of the threesome is shot down by a KFOR tank. His visual meditation on Kosovo’s zero hour and the concept of freedom has echoes of Tarkovsky. Winner of a special award at Sarajevo.
Bambi: 09.04. / 6.00 pm
STO JE IVA SNIMILA 21. LISTOPADA 2003 / WHAT IVA
RECORDED ON 21ST OCTOBER
On her fifteenth birthday, Iva is presented with a camera by her stepfather Bozo. She immediately starts recording the day’s events. Among the guests her parents have invited to dinner is a German businessman from whom Bozo hopes to get some work. All they need now is an attractive partner to place next to him at the dinner-table... Shot entirely with Iva’s digital camera, the film has a pseudo-documentary touch, deviating from her radically subjective perspective only when she occasionally puts down the apparatus and secretly lets it keep filming. As the evening moves towards its disastrous climax, various conflicts erupt among the guests, involving different constellations each time.
Bambi: 07.04. / 2.00 pm