Eastern European Cinema

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Eastern European Cinema
  • Bille

    An extraordinary and creative little girl attempts to comprehend the confusing adult world and to prove her own value despite her mother’s lack of appreciation and love in late 1930s Europe. Confronted by her mother’s contempt for her, Bille finds an escape in her vivid imagination.

    Based on a b...

  • Lovecut

    The stories of three young couples intersect, exposing their conflicts over identity, sexuality and love in a rapidly changing modern world that offers infinite possibilities, explicit pleasures and extreme challenges. Their overlapping narratives provide a snapshot into the fractured lives of si...

  • Poppy Field

    Planning to spend a romantic weekend with his long-distance boyfriend, Christi's tender reunion is cut short when he is called in to handle a crisis at work. Christi is a member of the Bucharest police force, and his unit is sent to quell a protest at a local movie theater, where a far-right grou...

  • Fear

    Svetla, a strong-willed widow, lives alone in a small Bulgarian village close to the Turkish border. She has recently lost her job as a teacher due to the lack of families with young children. One day, while hunting in a forest, she encounters an African refugee, Bamba, who is trying to reach Ger...

  • Miracle

    When the young, beautiful Cristina Tofan (Ioana Bugarin) sneaks away from her isolated convent and fails to return, Marius Preda (Emanuel Pârvu), a determined police detective, is called in to methodically retrace her steps. His investigation gradually uncovers clues and revelations leading not o...

  • Unidentified

    Despite growing debts and a complicated personal life, police detective Florin Iespas (Bogdan Farcas) is determined to crack a mysterious arson case that has been assigned to one of his colleagues and remains unsolved. Ordered to stand down by his boss, he continues his off-the-record investigati...

  • Servants

    In Czechoslovakia, 1980, the totalitarian Communist regime demands allegiance from all its subjects, including the clergy. Servants follows Michal and Juraj, two conflicted novitiates whose seminary is under increasing pressure by the Party to mold its students into satisfactory citizens. With th...

  • Natural Light

    In the occupied Soviet Union during World War II, István Semetka (Ferenc Szabó) is a simple Hungarian farmer who serves as a corporal in a special unit scouting for partisan resistance groups. On their way to a remote village, his company falls under enemy fire and the commanding officer is kille...

  • Reflection

    Ukrainian surgeon Serhiy joins the military to fight against the Russians in the Donbas region. After being captured by enemy soldiers, he witnesses the horrific torture and interrogation of his compatriots while being forced to monitor their vital signs. Following his release, Serhiy returns hom...

  • When the Trees Fall

    Five-year-old Vitka and her teenage cousin Larysa both yearn for a life beyond the archaic rules and restricting confines of their small, godforsaken Ukrainian village. Despite her family's staunch objections, Larysa falls wildly in love with Scar, a handsome ex-convict. Hoping to leave their tro...

  • The Whaler Boy

    15-year-old Leshka lives in a male-dominated whaling community on the Bering Strait. When the internet arrives in his isolated village, he becomes infatuated with a seductive webcam model from America. His encounter with this mysterious woman awakens a desire to find love outside of the confines ...

  • The Taste of Pho

    Long, a Vietnamese cook and Warsaw resident, has built up a loyal following for his expertly-made pho, until the restaurant where he works is sold to a new owner who wants to revamp the menu. This sudden change exacerbates Long’s struggles to fit in with the European culture his ten-year-old daug...

  • The Last Family

    Despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works, Zdzisław Beksiński (Andrzej Seweryn) is a gentle, family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz, and the couple’s aging mothers. Never one to believe that life would...

  • Conference

    Natalia, a nun from a remote Russian monastery, comes to Moscow 17 years after the terrorist attack on the Dubrovka Theatre. She has been sent there to organize a memorial evening for the victims of the attack that took place in October 2002. We soon learn that Natalia and her family were witness...

  • Sin

    Florence, early 16th century. Although widely considered a genius by his contemporaries, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Alberto Testone) is reduced to poverty from his struggle to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When his commissioner and head of the Della Rovere nobility Pope Julius II dies, ...

  • The Pencil

    Antonina, an artist from Saint Petersburg, follows her husband, a political prisoner, to the deep north province of Russia. As she starts teaching art in a local school, she finds herself opposed by a twelve-year-old boy, Misha, whose brother is a feared local gang leader.

    DIRECTED BY NATALYA NA...

  • Bad Roads

    Four short stories are set along the roads of Donbass during the war. There are no safe spaces and no one can make sense of just what is going on.

    Even as they are trapped in the chaos, some manage to wield authority over others. But in this world, where tomorrow may never come, not everyone is ...

  • Cure: The Life of Another

    1993: after the Siege of Dubrovnik. 14-year-old Linda has moved back to Croatia from Switzerland with her father. Her new best friend Eta takes her up to the forbidden forest above the city. The two girls become entangled in an obsessive, sexually charged game of swapping identities that leads to...

  • Yugodivas

    An actress, a painter, and three musicians from Belgrade pursue their dreams while seeking a new beginning in New York City. The outbreak of the war in 1991 and the bomb raids on Belgrade in the spring of 1999 have changed their lives forever. Despite the vibrant lives and careers they enjoy, mem...

  • Blizzard of Souls (Original Latvian Version)

    Director Dzintars Dreibergs’ original full-length cut of his internationally-acclaimed epic (also known as THE RIFLEMAN), BLIZZARD OF SOULS pays stark witness to the brutality and horror of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm boy turned soldier.

    After wi...

  • Corpus Christi

    After years in juvenile prison, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a small village to work as a manual laborer. Upon his arrival, a quick lie has him mistaken for a priest. Though untrained, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and u...

  • Over the Limit

    Superstar rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun has reached a crucial moment in her career. At the age of twenty, she is soon to retire but has one final goal: winning Olympic gold. As Margarita pushes her body to its breaking point, Irina Viner-Usmanova, her strict coach, assails her with caustic, wi...

  • Summer Survivors

    Indre, an ambitious research psychologist, reluctantly agrees to transport two patients to a seaside psychiatric unit in exchange for research privileges at her clinic. Outgoing Paulius is a young man whose manic bipolar disorder symptoms contrast with the introvert Juste, whose wounds are hidden...

  • Donbass

    In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love. Life suf...