LONDON — FilmFestival Cottbus — the world’s leading showcase of Eastern European film — is marking its 20th edition with a new top prize of E20,000 ($28,000).
The festival opens Tuesday in the former East German town near Berlin and runs through Sunday.
In a first for the festival, Bollywood movie “Dasvidanyia” — the latest film by Indian director Shashant Shah, who is a member of the feature jury this year — will screen in the sidebar focus GlobalEast, which traces influences from Eastern Europe in international cinema. The film’s leading thesp, Indian theater and movie star Vinay Pathak, will be in Cottbus as a festival guest.
The competition lineup includes Fipresci award-winner at Cannes, Agnes Kocsis’ “Adrienn Pal” from Hungary, Romanian film “Outbound,” directed by Bogdan George Apetri and co-written by Cristian Mungiu – who directed the Cannes Golden Palm winning abortion drama “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” – and one of Russia’s most impressive debuts this year, Andrey Stemkovsky’s “Reverse Gear,” about the impact of war on family and society.
The festival also includes a co-production sidebar, Connecting Cottbus, which attracts a wide cross section of Central and Eastern European producers for pitching and professional sessions.