Sep 27 2014

Panning the east – Cinematic gold from Eastern Europe

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

A film festival hosted in Luxembourg hopes to show that great movies aren’t just made in the US and Western Europe – Eastern Europe has plenty of gems too.

The seventh edition of Cineast, taking place over two and a half weeks in October, is a showcase for Eastern Europe’s burgeoning film industry.

With around 100 movies from countries ranging from former communist states and now EU members to ex-Yugoslavian countries, the festival offers a window to the east and for the first time it will include a film and guest from Moldavia.

“We tried to find countries not represented before, essentially the Balkans, Kosovo, Bosnia. We also have a special focus on Ukraine,” festival organiser Radek Lipka said, adding: “This adds to the diversity we had. It shows Eastern Europe is growing.”

The line-up includes 50 feature films and 40 short films, most subtitled in English, screened in a handful of venues spanning the country from Vianden, in the north, to Mondorf-les-Bains in the south. Many screenings will also welcome special guest speakers such as actors and directors.

The list is lengthy but films were selected under a series of themes such:

-FunnyEast, featuring the best comedies such as Croatian-Serbian co-production The Priests’ Children (October 19), and Latvian movie Mushroomers (October 21);

-Cinejeunes, children’s films including the Luxembourg co-production The Golden Horse;

-Cinédocs, documentaries including Ukrainian-Netherlands co-production Maidan (October 24) and Slovenian film Project Cancer (October 26);

-Cinéscope, the best recent films such as Bulgarian-Romanian drama Viktoria (October 16), János Szász’s Le Grand Cahier (The Notebook) (October 17), Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (October 11) and Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (October 21).

-East goes West, Eastern European films renowned in the West;

-Cinécourts, four marathons of short film screenings lasting total 150 minutes;

-Cinéspecials, special screenings including the focus on Ukraine (October 14) with Business as Usual and Ukraine Goodbye, and the Balkan Evening (October 21) with screenings of An episode in the life of an iron picker from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Barbarians, from Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

Film prize, photos and music

During the course of the festival, a jury will award the coveted film prize to one of seven contenders in the compétition officielle (October 24). The winning film will be screened a second time on October 26.

In addition to the movies, this year the Abbaye de Neumünster will feature an exhibition of 220 photos by 16 artists from Eastern Europe and Luxembourg. “Si Loin, si près” (so far so close) explores the relationship between the east and west of Europe 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Music plays a central role in the festival’s line-up with five separate concerts, including the Fanfara Transilvana & Balkan Party, a Romanian gypsy brass followed by a Balkan party featuring dJ Gaetano Fabri (October 11), a live soundtrack to Konwicki’s The Last Day of Summer performed by Kristen (October 16) and Bulgarian Jazz legen Milcho Leviev live with Rom Heck and Boris Dinev.

Finally, for those whose curiosity is not sated purely by the big screen, there is a chance to get to the heart of Eastern European culture through cinema-food events. From the gastronomic evening (October 13) to Meat the Balkans (October 23), visitors can sink their teeth in the culture through food and drink.

Launched in 2008, Cineast has become a firm staple in Luxembourg’s cinematographic calendar. Last year around 9,000 people took part in the festival. All proceeds from this year’s festival will go to providing a projector and screen to a children’s orphanage in the Ukraine.

Cineast runs from October 9 to 26. Festival passes cost 22 euros and entry to each screening costs 5 euros. To view the full programme, visit www.cineast.lu

Win tickets

Wort.lu is giving away five festival passes.

Three pairs of tickets to Fanfara Transilvana & Balkan Party, a Romanian gypsy brass band on October 11.

And three pairs of tickets to Konwicki’s The Last Day of Summer with a live soundtrack performed by Kristen on October 16.

To stand a chance of winning, email wort.lu/en with your name, contact number and which prize draw you wish to be entered in. We ask that participants please only enter one competition once. Remember to write “Cineast” and the prize you wish to win in the subject line.

Winners will be drawn on October 7 for festival passes and on Fanfara. Winners of the Kristen competition will be selected on October. 13. Good luck!

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

A film festival hosted in Luxembourg hopes to show that great movies aren’t just made in the US and Western Europe – Eastern Europe has plenty of gems too.

The seventh edition of Cineast, taking place over two and a half weeks in October, is a showcase for Eastern Europe’s burgeoning film industry.

With around 100 movies from countries ranging from former communist states and now EU members to ex-Yugoslavian countries, the festival offers a window to the east and for the first time it will include a film and guest from Moldavia.

“We tried to find countries not represented before, essentially the Balkans, Kosovo, Bosnia. We also have a special focus on Ukraine,” festival organiser Radek Lipka said, adding: “This adds to the diversity we had. It shows Eastern Europe is growing.”

The line-up includes 50 feature films and 40 short films, most subtitled in English, screened in a handful of venues spanning the country from Vianden, in the north, to Mondorf-les-Bains in the south. Many screenings will also welcome special guest speakers such as actors and directors.

The list is lengthy but films were selected under a series of themes such:

-FunnyEast, featuring the best comedies such as Croatian-Serbian co-production The Priests’ Children (October 19), and Latvian movie Mushroomers (October 21);

-Cinejeunes, children’s films including the Luxembourg co-production The Golden Horse;

-Cinédocs, documentaries including Ukrainian-Netherlands co-production Maidan (October 24) and Slovenian film Project Cancer (October 26);

-Cinéscope, the best recent films such as Bulgarian-Romanian drama Viktoria (October 16), János Szász’s Le Grand Cahier (The Notebook) (October 17), Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (October 11) and Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (October 21).

-East goes West, Eastern European films renowned in the West;

-Cinécourts, four marathons of short film screenings lasting total 150 minutes;

-Cinéspecials, special screenings including the focus on Ukraine (October 14) with Business as Usual and Ukraine Goodbye, and the Balkan Evening (October 21) with screenings of An episode in the life of an iron picker from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Barbarians, from Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

Film prize, photos and music

During the course of the festival, a jury will award the coveted film prize to one of seven contenders in the compétition officielle (October 24). The winning film will be screened a second time on October 26.

In addition to the movies, this year the Abbaye de Neumünster will feature an exhibition of 220 photos by 16 artists from Eastern Europe and Luxembourg. “Si Loin, si près” (so far so close) explores the relationship between the east and west of Europe 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Music plays a central role in the festival’s line-up with five separate concerts, including the Fanfara Transilvana & Balkan Party, a Romanian gypsy brass followed by a Balkan party featuring dJ Gaetano Fabri (October 11), a live soundtrack to Konwicki’s The Last Day of Summer performed by Kristen (October 16) and Bulgarian Jazz legen Milcho Leviev live with Rom Heck and Boris Dinev.

Finally, for those whose curiosity is not sated purely by the big screen, there is a chance to get to the heart of Eastern European culture through cinema-food events. From the gastronomic evening (October 13) to Meat the Balkans (October 23), visitors can sink their teeth in the culture through food and drink.

Launched in 2008, Cineast has become a firm staple in Luxembourg’s cinematographic calendar. Last year around 9,000 people took part in the festival. All proceeds from this year’s festival will go to providing a projector and screen to a children’s orphanage in the Ukraine.

Cineast runs from October 9 to 26. Festival passes cost 22 euros and entry to each screening costs 5 euros. To view the full programme, visit www.cineast.lu

Win tickets

Wort.lu is giving away five festival passes.

Three pairs of tickets to Fanfara Transilvana & Balkan Party, a Romanian gypsy brass band on October 11.

And three pairs of tickets to Konwicki’s The Last Day of Summer with a live soundtrack performed by Kristen on October 16.

To stand a chance of winning, email wort.lu/en with your name, contact number and which prize draw you wish to be entered in. We ask that participants please only enter one competition once. Remember to write “Cineast” and the prize you wish to win in the subject line.

Winners will be drawn on October 7 for festival passes and on Fanfara. Winners of the Kristen competition will be selected on October. 13. Good luck!

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