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TRIESTE 2019

The Trieste Film Festival is poised to celebrate its 30th edition

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- The Italian gathering for Central Eastern European cinema has unveiled its competition sections and will commemorate the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

The Trieste Film Festival is poised to celebrate its 30th edition
Meeting Gorbachev by Werner Herzog and André Singer

This year, the Trieste Film Festival is getting ready to celebrate a twofold anniversary: its milestone 30th edition, and the events that followed the fall of Berlin Wall, which also happened 30 years ago. Running from 18-25 January, the leading Italian festival for Central Eastern European cinema will once again become a meeting point for diverse “longitudes” of European cinema.

The 30th Trieste Film Festival will open with the new movie by Werner Herzog and André SingerMeeting Gorbachev [+see also:
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, a documentary that follows the discussions between the acclaimed German helmer and the former Soviet leader on the historical events that marked the 20th century.

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In the Feature Film Competition, nine titles from Central and Eastern Europe will enjoy their Italian premieres in Trieste. The selection comprises Alice T. [+see also:
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by Radu Muntean (Romania/Sweden/France), The Delegation [+see also:
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by Bujar Alimani (Albania/France/Greece/Kosovo), Donbass [+see also:
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by Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine/Germany/France/Netherlands/Romania), Erased [+see also:
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by Miha Mazzini (Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia), Fugue [+see also:
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 by Agnieszka Smoczyńska (Poland/Czech Republic/Sweden), The Gentle Indifference of the World [+see also:
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by Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan/France), The Interpreter [+see also:
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interview: Martin Šulík
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 by Martin Šulík (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Austria), The Load [+see also:
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 by Ognjen Glanović (Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar) and One Day [+see also:
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 by Zsófia Szilágyi (Hungary). Also, Ága [+see also:
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 by Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria/Germany/France) will be screened out of competition.

The Documentary Competition will showcase 11 films, including one as a world premiere and two as international premieres. The selection includes Before Father Gets Back [+see also:
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by Mari Gulbiani (Georgia/France/Germany), The Border Fence [+see also:
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 by Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Austria), Chris the Swiss [+see also:
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 by Anja Kofmel (Switzerland/Germany/Croatia/Finland), The Distance Between Me and Me [+see also:
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 by Mona Nicoară and Dana Bunescu (Romania/USA, international premiere), Hungary 2018 Behind the Scenes of Democracy [+see also:
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 by Eszter Hajdú (Hungary/Portugal), Kobarid [+see also:
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 by Christian Carmosino Mereu (Italy, world premiere), A Minor Genocide [+see also:
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 by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz (Poland, international premiere), The Most Beautiful Country in the World [+see also:
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by Želimir Žilnik (Austria/Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia), Occupation 1968 [+see also:
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 by Evdokia Moskvina, Linda Dombrovszky, Magdalena Szymkow, Marie Elisa Scheidt and Stephan Komandarev (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Poland/Bulgaria/Hungary), Putin’s Witnesses [+see also:
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 by Vitaly Mansky (Latvia/Switzerland/Czech Republic), and Victory Day [+see also:
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 by Sergei Loznitsa (Germany). Four documentaries will be screened out of competition: The Caring City [+see also:
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 by Erika Rossi (Italy) and The Lions of Lissa by Nicolò Bongiorno (Italy/Croatia), both world premieres, plus Greetings From Free Forests by Ian Soroka (USA/Slovenia/Croatia) and Srbenka [+see also:
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 by Nebojša Slijepčević (Croatia).

In the side programmes, the Trieste Film Festival will focus on both of the aforementioned 30-year anniversaries, with a series of retrospective screenings for the fall of the Berlin Wall (“Tales from the Berlin Wall”) and its 30th edition (“1989-2019 Wind of Change”). Finally, among the other parallel events, which include master classes with Jacopo Quadri, Sergei Loznitsa and Ildikó Enyedi, as well as other meetings and Q&As, one whole day will be dedicated to virtual reality, and two experiences will also be available: In the Cave by Ivan Gergolet (Italy) and Kobold by Max Sacker and Ioulia Isserlis (Germany).

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