European cinema’s poorly charted east has more than a few surprises up its sleeve at the Let’s CEE Film Festival

Committed to granting much-needed exposure to films from points east, Let’s CEE once again showcases the cream of the celluloid crop from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus with documentaries, shorts and full features – subtitled in English and German. A platform for upcoming directors, Let’s CEE shows films in competition and seeks to promote intercultural dialogue and human-rights awareness, but also screens a myriad of established classics rarely seen outside of their respective countries – featuring retrospectives and even children’s movies.

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Death in Sarajevo. // © The Match Factory

Among the highlights is Ali and Nino (pictured), a love story set in Russian-occupied Azerbaijan during the onset of the First World War, adapted to the screen by Academy Award-winner Asif Kapadia (Amy, Best Documentary). Other entries include Danis Tanović’s Death in Sarajevo, about unpaid hotel workers on strike during a memorial for the 100th anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination, or Bogdan Mirica’s Dogs, an arthouse thriller about the lasting effects of corruption on everyday life in Romania.

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Strange Heaven. // © Media Move

Like every year, the Jury will choose the best entries in the categories Feature Film, Short Film and Documentaries. The winners will receive a prize of €1,500 and a Urania Award, designed by Austrian artist Tone Fink. The annual Lifetime Achievement award will also be handed to a worthy figure, while a talent academy and special “industry days” aim to help newcomers from CEE break into the business.

Let’s CEE Film Festival

Mar 21-27, various locations.