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Eastern Neighbours Film Festival

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival

Nov 06, 2019Nov 10, 2019
Filmhuis Den Haag, Spui 191, 2511 BN
The Hague

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival is an annual celebration of art-house films from the east and southeast of Europe. The programme brings you 40 feature fiction films, documentaries, shorts, masterclasses, lectures on music and brunch encounters with film directors, actors, producers and musicians. 

Films at Eastern Neighbours Film Festival

From the Baltic states to the Balkans with humour and charm – these films bring extraordinary stories of ordinary people:

  • My Granny from Mars (Alexander Mihalkovich, Belarus / Ukraine / Estonia, 2018) Opening film
  • The End of Darkness (Ranko Paukovic, Croatia, 2018) 
  • Mostar United (Claudia Tosi, Italy/Slovenia, 2008)
  • The Stone Speakers (Igor Drljaca, Canada / Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018)
  • Hope (Bernard Brkic and Luka Radovic, Germany / the Netherlands, 2019)
  • Araf (Didem Pekun, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018)

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Film festival highlights

From comprehensive masterclasses to moving, surprising and eye-opening films, there is so much happening at this year's festival:

Opening film - a charming documentary

The opening film, My Granny from Mars, is a wonderful documentary in which Zina, a Ukrainian grandmother, has to face the fact of living on a new planet after the annexation of Crimea. This documentary, which is the debut film by Alexander Mihalkovich, was awarded the Docu Talent Prize by Jihlava Academy in the Czech Republic.

Closing film - a special treat for film connoisseurs 

The closing film of this year’s festival is Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe (1992), which has been digitally restored. This film goes back to a time when regimes, rules and norms changed suddenly and Russian language teachers and their knowledge was suddenly of no use in these countries. The film also features Dutch actress Johanna ter Steege, who will be present at the ENFF as a special guest.

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Family films at the ENFF

For the first time, the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival is presenting a children’s programme. Two exciting family films will be screened: Gaja’s World, the Slovenia family comedy that features some crime, and secondly, the Croatian children’s sci-fi film My Grandpa is an Alien.

Book your ENFF ticket

Plan your visit to the film festival and book your tickets in advance on the Filmhuis Den Haag website.

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival