Eastern Neighbours Film Festival
Eastern Neighbours Film Festival on tour in Het Nutshuis | Film
5th Nov ,
Starting time: 17:30
The Films of Goran Devic
Introduced by Rada Sesic (ENFF), followed by Q&A with the filmmaker
Croatia, 2004, 25 min
A film about nature and society. A film with humour dealing with a serious issue.
Documentary, CROATIA, 2009, 50 min.
The film follows the preparations, travel and arrival of two busses to their destination. The first bus (Rijeka - Kumrovec) takes the its passengers to visit Tito's house on the date of his birthday, and the other (Zadar - Bleiburg) takes its elderly passengers, World War II losers and their young ideological followers to the place of surrender. To the place where their suffering started. Although the events on the two busses stem from totally different ideological positions, an external observer is surprised by the emotional and narrative sameness of their outer manifestations. Both busses go to the place where tens of thousands meet every year, both busses are late, both visits are organized by chaotic, yet funny individuals and, most importantly, both groups of passengers seem to live in the past. This means living in the good/bad past and it would be understandable were the passengers themselves participants of World War II. Still, most of them are people divided from the war by several generations. An important part of the film is to follow the transformation of locations they are travelling towards, since the actual destination is no longer a real place. HAPPY LAND is a road movie into the past, executed as a documentary.
Starting time: 20:00
Introduction by Rada Sesic, followed by Q&As with filmmakers Metin Akdemir (Turkey), Nejra Latić Hulusić (Coratia) and David-Jan Bronsgeest (Holland)
THEN I SEE TANJA (Onda vidim Tanju)
By Juraj Lerotić
Short film, Croatia, 2010, 34 min
Intriguing, creative short film constructed almost entirely from still photos.
Željko (16) and his younger brother have been living on their own since their mother ended up in hospital. Željko has set his mind on two things: one is to finally take the initiative and meet Tanja and the other is to earn some money to buy his Mum a wig. A real one, made from human hair. If he achieves these two goals, things might turn for the better.
I'VE COME AND I AM GONE (Ben Geldim, Gidiyorum)
By Metin Akdemir
Documentary, Turkey , 2011, 14 min
Minimalist, sympathetic, observative, student film on sounds and craftmenship of old Istanbul.
This documentary is a story about street sellers who sell different kind of things but use the same method: their voices. One sells cake in the street, another repairs quilts, while the third announces the discounts in the market. "I've come and I'm gone" gives a picturesque sketch on this traditional way of selling, which is more and more disappearing.
By Jeton Neziraj
Animation, Kosovo, 2008, 8 min
ENFF is very proud to present an imaginative, colourful and inspiring tale from Kosovo.
"The Bridge" shows the simple power of forgiveness and the importance of working together. It is a fairy tale and reality. It can be seen as a story of two colours, two banks of a river, two ends of a village, two neighbourhoods, two towns, two sides of the world... The film opens the questions of morality, honesty, the limits of a man's weaknesses, the meeting point of two worlds: the hopes and expectations of children facing the pragmatism and disappointment of the adults.
By Belmin Soylemez
Video, Turkey, 2002, 10 min
Very creative split screen windows´ view on the famous old part of Istanbul
This video was shot for the exhibition of Oda Projesi at Kunstverein München, Germany in 2002. The title of the exhibition was "Exchange & Transform" and the video was a result of the non-negligible contribution of Galata's residents. Some of these residents had moved from their neighbourhood after the urban gentrification projects.
Oda Projesi is an artist collaborative based in Istanbul, Turkey, initiated by three women artist: Özge Açıkkol, Güneş Savaş and Seçil Yersel. Oda Projesi means "Room Project".
HER CINEMA LOVE
By Nejra Latić Hulusić, David-Jan Bronsgeest
Documentary, Bosnia and Herzegovina / The Netherlands, 2011, 23 min
Intriguing collaboration of Bosnian and Dutch young film makers. Strong human story given as a portrait of a charming woman and a legendary war cinema in Sarajevo.
Sena has only one aim: not to think about the two children she lost during the war. She owns a bar in a cinema that welcomes everybody, including former sniper Slaviša, who spent his days during the war shooting at Sena´s street. Knowing that Sena´s 16-year-ols son was killed by a sniper bullet, unemployed Slaviša works part-time jobs for Sena and claims that if he ever had known that someone like Sena lived in that street, he would have never pull the trigger.
Tickets: €5 (Students €4)
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Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) comes back to town with a wild bunch of films produced in (& about) the non-EU countries on the continent.