25th FilmFestival Cottbus

Festival of East European Cinema
03.11.2015 to 08.11.2015

The High Sun (© FilmFestival Cottbus)

In 2015 the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary. A Croatian film won the top award: "Zvizdan" (The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić who also received the prize of the FIPRESCI jury. The Ecumenical Jury awarded "Imena višnje" (The Ungiven) by Branco Schmidt, also from Croatia. The Special Prize for Best Direction went to Lili Horváth from Hungary for her film "Szerdai gyerek" (The Wednesday Child).

Link: Festival website


The Ungiven
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In restrained images, the film tells the story of an old couple, returning after the war to his village and trying to cope with everyday life. Behind his patriarchal stubbornness the man hides care and love for his wife whose dementia progresses slowly. Intensified in the manner of a chamber play the film manages to evoke deep emotions without grand gestures.