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FESTIVALS Spain

Eastern Europe steps closer to San Sebastian

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- The event will present an Eastern Promises cycle, composed of 50 films produced since 2000 in countries including Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic

Eastern Europe steps closer to San Sebastian
Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of Bucharest

Cinema from Eastern Europe will be one of the main players of the 62nd edition of the Festival of San Sebastian, which will take place on September 19-27, 2014. Through “Eastern Promises. Portrait of Eastern Europe in 50 Films,” the event will present a panorama of films made since 2000 from countries exposed to the Soviet influence since the end of World War II.

As the festival explains in a release, the film selection “will enable a discovery of the rich creativity alive in these films and the new talents to have come out of the last decade, to put an end to any kind of stereotype and get closer to the reality of these countries as they show us themselves.”

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The retrospective will unite a total of around fifty films from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldavia, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania and Serbia, many of which have never been screened in Spain. Among the many films set to be screened are No Man's Land [+see also:
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 (2001) by Danis TanovicThe Blacks [+see also:
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interview: Zvonimir Juric, Goran De…
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 (2009) by Goran Dević e Zvonimir JurićChildren of Sarajevo [+see also:
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interview: Aida Begić
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 (2012) by Aida BegicThe Parade [+see also:
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 (2011) by Srđan DragojevićHow I Killed a Saint (2004) by Teona Strugar MitevskaThe Temptation of St. Tony [+see also:
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 (2009) by Veiko ÕunpuuCooking History (2009) by Peter KerekesThe Wild Bees (2001) by Bohdan SlámaHukkle (2002) by György PálfiThe Death of Mr Lazarescu [+see also:
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 (2005) by Cristi Puiu12:08 East of Bucharest [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Daniel Burlac
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 (2006) by Corneliu Porumboiu, and Panihida [+see also:
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 (2012) by Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu and Tito Molina.

Eastern Promises will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, which represented the end of Soviet domination in the region, giving way to a turbulent time of wars and revolutions as well as the traumatic transition from the communist regime to a market economy.

(Translated from Spanish)

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