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Central and Eastern Europe take centre stage at Tofifest

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- The 12th edition of the gathering organised from 18-26 October features a total of 150 films and an international competition that sees the participation of 13 titles

Central and Eastern Europe take centre stage at Tofifest
Corn Island by George Ovashvili

Tomorrow sees the start of the 12th International Film Festival Tofifest, which, over nine days, will offer a very extensive programme of 150 films in the city of Toruń. Among the 13 features duking it out in the official competition, dubbed “On Air”, we see that Georgia and Ukraine are particularly well represented, with Corn Island [+see also:
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interview: George Ovashvili
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by Georgian director George Ovashvili (winner of the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary – read the review and watch the video interview); Blind Dates [+see also:
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interview: Levan Koguashvili
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by his fellow countryman Levan Koguashvili (read the review); the winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Critics’ Week, The Tribe [+see also:
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by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy; and Paradjanov [+see also:
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by Olena Fetisova and Serge Avedikian (a co-production involving Ukraine, France, Georgia and Armenia).

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Central and Eastern Europe will also be enjoying a high level of visibility in the competition, since, in addition to the four aforementioned titles, Class Enemy by Slovenia’s Rok Biček and two Polish films have also been selected: Hardkor Disko [+see also:
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interview: Krzysztof Skonieczny
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by Krzysztof Skonieczny and Kebab & Horoscope [+see also:
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by Grzegorz Jaroszuk.

The list of hopefuls is rounded off by such movies as the Berlinale-awarded Stations of the Cross [+see also:
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by German director Dietrich Brüggemann (read the interview) and two films that were revealed in Un Certain Regard at Cannes: Force majeure (Turist) [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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by Swedish director Ruben Östlund (winner of the Jury Prize on the Croisette – watch the interview) and Snow in Paradise [+see also:
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interview: Andrew Hulme
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by British filmmaker Andrew Hulme (watch the interview). Also taking part are A Blast [+see also:
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interview: Syllas Tzoumerkas
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by Greece’s Syllas Tzoumerkas (read the interview), Difret by Ethiopian director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari and Zero Motivation by Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie.

Also standing out on the Tofifest menu is the “From Poland” competitive section, which is dedicated to fresh local cinema and includes works that have already won awards in Poland, such as Hubert Gotkowski’s Beavers, Bartosz Warwas’s The Caged Swallow, and Little Crushes [+see also:
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by Aleksandra Gowin and Ireneusz Grzyb. These films are joined by features by well-known personalities making the leap to cinema: No Matter How Hard We Tried by stage director Grzegorz Jarzyna, Polish Shit by television journalist Grzegorz Jankowski and Parasite [+see also:
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, directed by painter Wilhelm Sasnal together with Anka Sasnal.

Out of competition, we should highlight the “Phenomena. Nordic Noir” programme, which features a wide range of Scandinavian crime films, such as Headhunters [+see also:
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by Morten Tyldum (based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbo) and the Berlinale competitor In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
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interview: Hans Petter Moland
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by Hans Petter Moland

(Translated from French)

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