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Eastern Promises: Emotional Conflicts in New Eastern European Cinema

18.02.2010 - Nikolaj Nikitin, Vladimir Perisic, Alexei Popogrebsky, Florin Serban

Young East European filmmakers are making films about young people in eastern Europe at vital junctures in their lives: being confronted with situations in which they have to take huge responsibility and make tough life and death decisions. On centre stage are the filmmakers that desire to share images of everyday life and people dealing with everyday needs and problems. Russian filmmaker Alexei Popogrebsky has made the critically acclaimed ROADS TO KOKTEBEL and SIMPLE THINGS, his latest film HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER competes for the Golden Bear this year. Joining him on stage are Romanian director Florin Şerban, whose IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE also enjoys its world premiere in the 2010 Berlinale Competition, and Serbian director Vladimir Perišić, whose ORDINARY PEOPLE competed for the Caméra d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and won the main award at the Sarajevo Film Festival. This panel explores fresh new cinema from Serbia, Russia and Romania and will have the filmmakers reflect on what it means to work as young filmmakers in Eastern Europe today, how they put together their creative “dream teams” and found the right cast for their films.

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Nikolaj Nikitin

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The Berlinale delegate for Eastern-Europe and co-founder of the film magazine Schnitt, he is member of Fipresci and the European Film Academy. He curates international film festivals in Germany and across Europe, and heads the only European festival dedicated to editing Film+ in Cologne.

Vladimir Perisic

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Serbian director, he received critical acclaim for his diploma film DREMANO OKO which was part of Cinefoundation at Cannes in 2003. His feature debut ORDINARY PEOPLE was screened at the International Critic’s Week in Cannes in 2009.

Alexei Popogrebsky

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Renowned Russian director, he teamed up with Boris Khlebnikov to make the short film PASSING BY. The two directors made their feature film debut with THE ROADS TO KOKTEBEL, which was screened at many festivals including the 2003 Berlinale Forum. He then directed his critically acclaimed SIMPLE THINGS and HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER which premiered in the 2010 Berlinale Competition.

Florin Serban

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Romanian director, he taught film theory and started working on his first feature film while completing his studies in film directing at the Columbia University in New York. IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE is his debut film which had its world premiere at the 2010 Berlinale Competition.