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Warsaw celebrates Eastern European cinema

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- 111 feature films and the CentEast market are on the cards for the 31st edition, which kicks off today in the Polish capital

Warsaw celebrates Eastern European cinema
Demon by Marcin Wrona

Opened today by Men & Chicken [+see also:
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by Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen, the 31st Warsaw Film Festival will be offering a rich programme featuring 111 feature films, including over 90 fictional films, until 18 October. This year, the official competition stars 16 films from Slovakia (The Cleaner [+see also:
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interview: Martin Žiaran
interview: Peter Bebjak
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 by Peter Bebjak), Finland (Absolution [+see also:
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by Petri Kotwica), Macedonia and Croatia (Lazar [+see also:
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interview: Svetozar Ristovski
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 by Svetozar Ristovski), Georgia (Moira [+see also:
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by Levan Tutberidze), Serbia and Montenegro (Patria [+see also:
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 by Oleg Novkovic), Bulgaria and the Ukraine (Snow [+see also:
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 by Ventsislav Vasilev), the United Kingdom, Palestine and Qatar (The Idol [+see also:
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by Hany Abu-Assad), and France and Georgia (Winter Song [+see also:
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by Otar Iosseliani). The list also includes Polish production Demon [+see also:
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(co-produced with Israel) by Marcin Wrona, the young director who committed suicide last month and was very fond of the Warsaw Film Festival, where he was a member of the jury and presented the short film he developed during his studies, Magnet Man (awarded at Tribeca) and his feature film The Christening [+see also:
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interview: Marcin Wrona
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A major asset of the Warsaw Film Festival is the CentEast market, which is for professionals interested in European and Eastern cinema and will be held from 16 to 18 October. International sellers and festival selection committees (this year, from Venice, San Sebastián, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Moscow, Beijing, Edinburgh and HotDocs) will most notably be able to see ten work-in-progress films selected from over 50 entries. They include The Red Captain [+see also:
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by Slovak Michal Kollar, The Last Day [+see also:
interview: Gabriel Achim
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by Romanian filmmaker Gabriel Achim, Eastern Business [+see also:
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by Moldavian Igor Cobileanski (co-produced by Romania and Lithuania), Voevoda by Bulgarian director Zornitsa Sophia, Monk of the Sea [+see also:
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 by Polish director Rafal Skalski and Playground [+see also:
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interview: Bartosz M. Kowalski
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 by fellow Pole Bartosz M. Kowalski. Some of the works-in-progress will be screened in Moscow straight after (19 October), then at the Beijing Film Market in April 2016. The professionals who attend CentEast will also have access to the Warsaw Screenings, with special screenings of eight recent Polish feature films: Baby Bump [+see also:
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interview: Kuba Czekaj
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by Kuba Czekaj, Klemer [+see also:
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interview: Piotr Chrzan
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by Piotr Chrzan, Brothers [+see also:
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by Wojciech Staron, Hel by duo Katia Priwieziencew - Pawel Tarasiewicz, Karbala [+see also:
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by Krzystof Lukasiewicz, Walpurgis Night [+see also:
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by Marcin Bortkiewicz, Demon by Marcin Wrona and Karski & The Lords of Humanity [+see also:
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by Slawomir Grünberg.

(Translated from French)

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