29th FilmFestival Cottbus

Festival of East European Cinema
05.11.2019 to 10.11.2019

A film from Bosnia and Herzegovina won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the FilmFestival Cottbus 2019: "Full Moon" (Pun mesjec) by Nermin Hamsagić. To Svetla Tsotsorkov's Bulgarian film "Sestra", the international festival jury awarded a Lubina for the Best Film of the festival. Another Lubina for Best Director went to Teodor Kuhn for his film "Ostrým nožom" (With a Sharp Knife). The jury of the Federation of International Film Critics (Fipresci) awarded their prize to Russian-Yakut director Ljubov Borisova for her film "Min urduber kyun khahan da kiirbet" (The Sun Above Me Never Disappears). The juries selected the winners from the twelve entries in the international feature film competition.
The festival opened with "Smuggling Hendrix", a Cypriot-Greek-German co-production by Marios Piperidis. In addition to the feature film competition, the program included a short film and a youth film competition, country focus on Hungary and Montenegro, a film series on the changes in Germany after the fall of the Wall and Specials on socialist architecture modernism and on Eastern European films on migration. A number of other sections like "Spectrum" completed the festival.

Link: Festival-Website


Full Moon
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A policeman is on duty in his station while his wife is delivering their child in the hospital. During his night shift he faces the everyday corruption of the system.

By listening to the arrested persons, he changes his attitude wishing to leave to his child another society. In a convincing artistic manner the director succeeds in showing the narrowness of the situation as well as the perspective for hope.

(Photo: 29. FilmFestival Cottbus)