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    Film Festival

    Eastern Neighbours, zo 11 nov

    Eastern Neighbours Film Festival. Op zondag 11 november in de filmzaal van Dakota. Mogelijk gemaakt door Filmhuis Den Haag. Om 15.00 uur: Hotel Jugoslavija en om 17.00: korte films uit Polen, Ukraine en Letland. 

    Filmselection Eastern Neighbours Festival, Filmhuis Den Haag. On Sunday 11th of November in Theater Dakota.

    15.00 Movie/Film: HOTEL JUGOSLAVIJA. 
    Duration 78 minutes
    After the movie (at 16.20h): Q&A (question & answer) with the director of Hotel Jugoslavija: Nicolas Wagnieres. 

    DREAM Laila Pakalniņa, Latvia, 2016
    ONE, TWO, ZERO  Anna Pawluczuk, Poland, 2017
    THE WONDERFUL YEARS Svitlana Shymko/Galina Yarmanova, Ukraine, 2018
    POLONAISE  Agnieszka Elbanowska, Poland, 2016
    PATRIOTIC LESSON Filip Jacobson, Poland, 2016
    Duration in total (all shorts together) 67 minutes

    A documentary-reflection of a Serbian society in search of new points of reference, premiered at this year’s Berlinale. Screenings will be followed by Q&A with the director Nicolas Wagnières.

    The Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place, both a symbol and a witness to the different moments that shaped former Yugoslavia. From Tito to Milosevic, from NATO’s bombing to corrupted liberalism. With journey through the times and spaces of the building, the Swiss-born director explores a collective unconscious as well as a part of his own Yugoslav identity as a second generation immigrant. By exploring the Hotel Jugoslavija and by meeting people with a strong link to the building, he wanted to bring his own testimony to a country that does no longer exist. What secrets are hidden in the Hotel Jugoslavija?

    More info: http://enff.nl/film/hotel-jugoslavija/


    (Latvia, 2016)
    In the middle of nowhere there is a shop called ‘Dream’ where people go to only to inevitably wake up. A film by Laila Pakalnina, one of Latvia’s most prolific directors today.

    A shop by the side of the road. One after another, people enter and exit the small building. The randomness and illogical nature of the action feels unreal. The sense of timelessness and of being in an unnamed place further heightens the dreamlike nature of the scene. The nearly motionless black-and-white camera records a fragment of life in a place torn from the context of the world. A short documentary by talented Laila Pakalniņa, one of the best known Latvian film directors working in documentary and feature film genre. Her films have screened in official programmes at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rome and other international festivals, where they have won numerous awards.

    ONE, TWO, ZERO (Poland, 2017)
    What are the limits of the body and mind of a 9-year-old gymnast trained to achieve top results? A though-provoking, beautifully made short doc.

    Every day Justyna needs to be stronger and more determined if she wants to beat her colleagues in all competition races. She is nine year old girl who is training professionally in rhythmic gymnastics. She also takes part in competitions where she needs to show perfection in her performance and demonstrate the level of discipline that goes beyond the abilities of girls of her age. Instead of having fun, her trainings are filled with sweat and tears. If she is not able to endure, trainers suggest her to take up chess as a hobby. But she is not ready to give up. However, despite the enormous efforts she does not always manage to stand on the podium. When she loses her hopes for wining, she decides to start training five-year gymnasts by herself.

    THE WONDERFUL YEARS (Ukraine, 2018)
    An unique exploration into the lives of queer women in Ukraine in the late Soviet Union, based on the archive video materials and interview excerpts.

    “The Wonderful Years” is a short documentary film which explores the lives of queer women in Ukraine in the late Soviet Union. It is based on the archive video materials from the Center for Urban History of Central East Europe in Lviv and interview excerpts from the research projects “Sexuality under Globalization” (2005-2006), “Being a Lesbian in Ukraine: Gaining Power” (2007), and “LGBT Families in Ukraine: Social Practices and Legislative Regulations” (2011-2012). Winner of Special Jury Diploma at the Molodist International Film Festival in Kiev for its subtle display of an unknown world.

    POLONAISE (Poland, 2016)
    Hilarious, quite satirical, yet very serious observational, straightforward, smartly directed documentary that deals with new trends in Polish society, politics and everyday life affecting very much young generation.

    On Poland’s National Independence Day, the jury consisting of the director, the mayor, a priest and a poetess chooses the winner of a competition for the region’s number one patriot. The director of the Cultural Centre in a provincial town announces a competition. Participants have to creatively present what patriotism means for them. The only requirement is that everyone must come up with their own ideas on the subject. Singing, recitation, gesture, speech, staging – all forms are allowed. As Independence Day on November 11 approaches, the tension is raising. The jury will soon choose the best patriot in the region. Famous Polish producer Studio Munka and the director who is a graduate of well-respected Wajda documentary school, made a film that echoed so well around the world and was chosen for dozens of film festivals.

    PATRIOTIC LESSON (Poland, 2016)
    A charming, lucid and though-provoking film in the tradition of the best Polish documentaries. Winner of DOK Leipzig’s main prize – the Golden Dove. 

    ‘Patriotic Lesson’ tells the story of a Polish primary school singing contest, in which children perform patriotic songs, full of heroism, bravery, blood, sweat and tears. By presenting performances and the audience, tensions between parents and teachers, and finally jury deliberations, the film raises questions about what is patriotism over generations and its institutional reaffirmation in today’s Polish society. Filmed in black and white, Jacobson’s film keeps a delicate line between critical approach to the event and fascination and respect to the characters of the movie. Patriotic song contests takes place every year and have local and national range.

    More info:

    Tickets: only via +3170 3265509, via kassa@theaterdakota.nl or at the boxoffice of Theater Dakota (Zuidlarenstraat 57). 

    Prices: €8 
    - Vrienden van Filmhuis Den Haag: -€2,50
    - Vrienden van Theater Dakota: -€2,-
    - Ooievaarspas: -50%
    - UIT-pas / Pas 65+ / PEP Vrijwilligerspas / Hofpas: -€1,-
    - CJP / ISIC / Studenten: -€1,50