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A panorama of Central Eastern European film at Trieste

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- The 27th edition of the Festival will take place from 22 to 30 January, with a tribute to Krzysztof Kieślowski twenty years on from his death

A panorama of Central Eastern European film at Trieste
The Wednesday Child by Lili Horváth

The 27th edition of the Trieste Film Festival, the main Italian festival to focus on central eastern European film, will be held from 22 to 30 January. The Festival will be opened by The High Sun [+see also:
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interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
film profile
]
by Dalibor Matanić, as previously announced, and closed by Winter Song [+see also:
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by the great Georgian director Otar Iosseliani, which was unveiled in August at Locarno. Another film that was screened at the Swiss film festival will be screened as a special event at Trieste, Cosmos [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Victória Guerra
film profile
]
, which heralds Andrzej Żuławski’s return behind the camera after a 15-year break.

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The competition features The Wednesday Child [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lili Horváth
film profile
]
, the debut film by Hungarian director Lili Horváth, which won the East of the West Award at the 50th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July. The film (the screenplay for which was written by the director) tells the story of a young couple in the suburbs of Budapest with a four-year-old child they have lost custody of. Then there’s Dawn [+see also:
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]
, the fifth mockumentary by Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina, who is most well known for her documentaries, whilst Babai [+see also:
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interview: Visar Morina
film profile
]
, which won the Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary and is Kosovo’s candidate for the Oscars, is the debut piece by Visar Morina. Another debut film in competition is The Red Spider [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Marcin Koszalka
film profile
]
by Marcin Koszałka, a well-known Polish director of photography and documentary maker, which is a noir piece set in communist Krakow of the 1960s. Koszałka will hold a free masterclass on 25 January.

Another first film that will be competing is The World Is Mine [+see also:
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by Romanian director Constantin Tănase, a teenage coming-of-age story that was awarded at theTransilvania IFF last June before going on to win the East of the West Special Mention at Karlovy Vary. Modern-day Serbia, following the traumas of war, is at the centre of Patria [+see also:
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by Oleg Novkovic, the director of the multi-award-winning White White World [+see also:
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of 2010. Also selected for the competition are two more significant films. First up there’s The Summer of Sangaile [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Alanté Kavaïté
film profile
]
, directed by Lithuanian director Alantė Kavaitė, which won the Best Director Award at Sundance in 2015. The film tells the story of Sangaile, a 17-year-old with a passion for aerobatics, and her encounter with her peer Auste. Secondly there’ Corpse Collector [+see also:
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, on the other hand, is the debut piece by Bulgarian filmmaker Dimitar Dimitrov, an impossible love story between a cadaver transporter and a gangster’s sweetheart. 

The Trieste IFF will feature a competition for documentaries, which is packed with films, as well as one for short films, and will dedicate a good part of the Festival to Polish cinema with the screening of 11 Minutes [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
Q&A: Jerzy Skolimowski
film profile
]
by Jerzy Skolimowski and a tribute to Krzysztof Kieślowski twenty years on from his death. Some of the director’s most well loved films will be shown, starting with the ten episodes of The Decalogue, which he released to the public. Accompanying this tribute to Kieślowski will be one of the latter’s most symbolic actors, Irène Jacob, who starred in The Double Life of Véronique in 1991 (Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival) and in Three Colours: Red in 1994.

This year will mark the third edition of Eastweek, the talent campus of the Trieste Film Festival, which is dedicated solely to film story projects and is open to all graduates and students of film schools in Central Eastern Europe and the finalists for the Mattador Best Screenplay Award.

(Translated from Italian)

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