Screen Memories from Eastern Europe
Now that epff5 is over, we hope that those who attended it found the festival interesting and memorable. This website will remain here for a while as a reminder of the event, alongside some information about the previous ones.
These events bring together international film-makers with psychoanalysts, academics, students, and film-lovers. We presented this year a packed programme which included eminent speakers such as Oscar-winning Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, Oscar-winning producer of Man on Wire Simon Chinn and renowned Hungarian artist and film-maker Péter Forgács.
Featured films included some of the best, and little-seen Eastern European features of the last few years, such as the tense, claustrophobic Elevator (George Dorobantu, 2008, Romania), with a discussion featuring screenwriter Gabriel Pintilei, the beautifully shot psychological drama Sommnambuul (Suley Keedus, 2003, Estonia) and the charming and quirky Jasminum, (Jan Jakub Kolski, Poland 2006). There also was an exploration of the work of Oscar-winning Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov.
An exciting new addition to this year's programme was a series of workshops on practical aspects of filmmaking, with practitioners talking about their work with psychoanalysts. Covering the subjects of editing, censorship and film production, they offered a fascinating insight into the filmmakers craft.
The programme also included discussions and presentations with writer and academic Laura Mulvey (UK), director Arsen Anton Ostojic (Croatia), academic and broadcaster Ian Christie (UK) and writer and director Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia).
Velvet ®Evolution: The Best of Czech Cinema 1989 - 2009
7 - 15 November 2009
Prince Charles Cinema & Riverside Studios, London
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the 13th annual Czech film festival presents an overview of the last 20 years of Czech Cinema. The festival presents the best films from the ‘Velvet Generation’ of filmmakers such as Petr Zelenka, Sasa Gedeon, Jan Hrebejk and Bohdan Slama as well as the older generation of directors like Vladimir Moravek and Vladimir Michalek and grand masters of Czech cinema Jan Svankmajer and Karel Vachek.
For more information visit www.czechcentre.org.uk
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