By Maddy, 04.10.19

Yesterday, 3rd October was the beginning of more than 2 weeks full of movies, animations, concerts, exhibitions, debates, discussions and food from central and eastern Europe.

The 12th edition of Cinéast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival) is taking place in Luxembourg from 3rd October until the 20th of October. The festival offers a wide and diversified range of events suited for all ages and tastes. No worries for those of you who don’t live in the city center, the festival is across and outside the country, with projections also in Vianden, Esch-sur-Alzette, Dudelange, Mondorf, Rummelange and Saarbrücken.

As this year is the celebration of 30 years since the walls were taken down, the festival opened with a photo exhibition “Down with Walls!” that depicts the barriers, visible or not, that are still around us and separate countries, communities and people. The exhibition is composed of 6 projects from 6 different artists: Kai Wiedenhöfer (DE), Warren Richardson(UK), Deividas Buivydas(LT), Krzysztof Gołuch(PL), Tommaso Rada(IT) and ZUPAGRAFIKA(PL). The exhibition is up until 23rd October at the Caves Voûtées of Neimënster.

Exhibition “Down with Walls!” (c) CinEast

After the exhibition, we were presented the first movie from the festival, “My thoughts are silent”, an Ukrainian 2019 comedy/drama by Antonio Lukich. A movie that shows very precisely the Eastern European way of thinking of a young adult, the relationship with his mother and what she wanted for her child and how your life can be changed in an instance. If you didn’t get the chance to see it, the second screening of it is at the end of the festival on 20th October, at 18:30 at Neimënster. I recommend this movie as one can understand how you can make the best from what you have.

For the rest of the festival I will be attending the films that are in the competition: Cat in the wall by Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova, Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa, Nova Lithuania by Karolis Kaupinis, Oleg by Juris Kursietis, Open Door by Florenc Papas, Scandinavian Silence by Martti Helde and Stitches by Miroslav Terzić among many others.

Let’s not forget about the events prepared to transform the venues for a few hours into a Central and Easter European genuine party: the Balkan Party with Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestra at Melusina club (04/10), Slavic Night with Krambabula and DJ Dr. Gonzo at Sang a Klang (12/10) and the closing party with Malaka Hostel and Baltic Balkan at Melusina Club (19/10).

Dj Shantal and Bucovina Club Orkestra (c) CinEast

Also, there is a gastronomic evening at Bosso Braserie on 8th October and one at Bovary Café on the 16th October, where you can discover traditional dishes and drinks from Eastern Europe, a CinéConcert on 10th October at Cinématheque by Karpov not Kasparov and a morning Jazz concert on 13th October with Artur Dutkiewicz Trio.

You can buy your tickets or passes at the entrance of the movies/events. For a single ticket the price is 7€ (5€ for under 25 years), a pass is 30€ and it’s nominal. For the concerts, prices are of 10-15€ with a pass and 13-18€ without. There are also some free entrance events, such as the Jazz concert and the Photo exhibition. For more details and the program click here.

Stay tuned for there is more to come on this Eastern and Central European journey.