The Women's Prison Movie "107 mothers" from the Ukraine won the main prize at the Cottbus Film Festival a year ago.
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The 10th East European Film Days will take place in Dresden from November 19th to 27th. One program focus: science fiction.

Dresden – Cinema from Eastern Europe rarely takes place on local screens. The East European Film Days have always seen themselves as a response and as a temporary showcase for the colorful film scene beyond Lusatia Dresden. The 10th edition of the festival starts this Saturday. One program focus: science fiction.

The women’s prison film “107 Mothers” from the Ukraine won the main prize at the Cottbus Film Festival a year ago. © trigon-film.org

The film days run until Wednesday in the Schauburg film theater, then they will switch to the central cinema until November 27th. The organizer is the KinoFabrik e. V. Eva Grübel-Hoffmann from the board of directors: “We came to show that Eastern European film is (still) alive – diverse, exciting and expressive.”

Partially subtitled, films are shown that would normally never have been shown in German cinemas.

The spectrum is wide: The socio-critical thriller “Working Class Heroes” comes from Serbia, for example, and the coming-of-age drama “Sisterhood” comes from North Macedonia.

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In “EO” the Polish master director Jerzy Skolimowski shows the world through the eyes of a donkey and “107 Mothers” takes a look inside a Ukrainian women’s prison. On the performance on 26.11. follows a conversation with mothers from the Ukraine.

Russia is also represented, with the anarchic-surreal fever dream “Petrov’s Flu” by director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is critical of the system.

A short film program illuminates on 23.11. also Sorbian filmmaking.

With his lecture “A forgotten cosmos”, cultural scientist Matthias Schwartz will introduce Eastern European science fiction films on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Classics like Andrzej Żuławski’s “The Silver Planet” (Poland 1977/88) and new ones like the Lithuanian-French eco-dystopia “Vespers” will be shown.

And as a “Tribute to Frank”, the KinoFabrik-Verein is dedicating a performance of the Tarkowski masterpiece “Stalker” (1979) in the Schauburg to Dresden’s cinema legend and Andrej Tarkowski admirer Frank Apel († 64) this Saturday at 11 a.m.

The program: osteuropaeische-filmtage.de

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