Eastern Neighbours Film Festival 2022 edition

The 13th edition of Eastern Neighbours Film Festival at Filmhuis Den Haag
April 20–24

After a long wait and several postponements, we are happy to announce that the festival can take place in person. We invite you to discover our strong program, rich in Dutch premieres!

You can buy your tickets here.

Opening Film: Not So Friendly Neighbourhood Affair (Bosnia & Herzegovina) by Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic. A charming comedy, full of lucid dialogues and a twisting plot, with great actors Izudin Bajrovic, Branko Djuric, Helena Vukovic, Goran Navojec. Funny cameo appearances of celebrities like Goran Bregovic. Special guest: Helena Vukovic. Click here for the trailer!

Closing Film: Toma (Serbia) by Dragan Bjelogrlic and Zoran Lisinac. Box office mega-hit in the Balkan which did amazingly well despite the corona crises; a biopic of Toma Zdravkovic, a famous bohemian, singer, and poet who died at the peak of his career. Watch the trailer here.

More festival highlights:

Willow by Milcho Manchevski (North-Macedonia)
A phantasmagorical tale on women, both medieval and contemporary; the struggle over control of their body, the desire to become mothers, and rigid social surroundings.

Homo Sovieticus by Ivo Briedis (Latvia)
Experienced director Ivo Briedis (who will be present during our festival) and journalist Rita Rudusa, both born in the USSR, are on their quest to explore the phenomenon of “Homo Sovieticus” and to discover whether a human being with a totalitarian mindset has specific geographical boundaries.

Special Guests
One of the reasons we are happy that the festival will take place physically is that it means that audiences can connect with filmmakers. This year’s special guests are: award-winning director Slavek Horak (Czech Republic), who has been featured on Variety’s ‘10 directors to Watch’ list and who directed the film Havel; Filip Remunda (Czech Republic), co-director of Once Upon a Time in Poland, his documentary Obec B won numerous awards including a prize at the Chicago Festival and that of best documentary at the FAMU; Danilo Serbedzija (Croatia), director of Tereza 37, which won six Golden Arenas at Pula Film Festival; Milica Tomovic (Serbia), an exciting female voice from Serbia, whose debut Celts had a world premiere at the Berlinale and winner of the prestigious Heart of Sarajevo as Best Director.

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