From 14 to 27 May as part of the BRIDGES. East of West Film Days festival, online screenings of E-bridges will take place. Viewers in the European Union can watch movies on the AT Klub platform for free.
BRIDGES. East of West Film Days is a festival traditionally held in Brussels by the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, one of the largest cultural institutions in Belgium. The event is dedicated to the cinema of the Eastern Partnership countries (Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Belarus). It encourages artistic exchanges and intercultural dialogue.
Due to quarantine restrictions, this year’s festival will take place online on the AT Klub digital film club platform, which will allow not only Brussels residents but also audiences from all over the European Union to watch the screenings.
The program of festival screenings includes five films. There will be online meetings with the filmmakers as well.
Volodymyr Tykhy’s Ukrainian mystical drama Brama tells the story of a family living in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The head of the family, Baba Prisya, gets a mystical revelation about a global catastrophe that has to be prevented. In 2019, the film was awarded four Golden Dzyga Awards from the Ukrainian Film Academy, as well as the award for best screenplay at the 2019 Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival.
Ukrainian cinema is also represented by Yaroslav Lodyhin’s film The Wild Fields. It is a film adaptation of Serhiy Zhadan’s novel Voroshylovhrad. The film was awarded five Golden Dzyga Awards for best sound director, director of photography, artistic director, best lead role, and a male supporting role. The film tells a colorful story about the life of Donbas: the protagonist is forced to defend the family business - an old gas station.
Georgia on the platform is represented by Rusudan Chkonia’s comedy-drama Keep Smiling, which won a special jury award at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2012), was recognized as the best film at the Naples Film Festival (2013), and won the CICAE Award at the Vilnius International Film Festival. (2013). The film tells about the desperate struggle of women from different social classes in a beauty contest for mothers with at least three children. The main prize of the competition is an apartment and
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Viewers can also watch a biographical drama Paradzhanov co-produced by Ukraine, Georgia, France, and Armenia. It reveals the struggle of Ukrainian-Armenian director Serhiy Paradzhanov with the Soviet system. In 2013, the film was awarded the Golden Duke at the Odesa International Film Festival as the best Ukrainian feature film. The director and the leading actor Serge Avédikian was recognized as the best actor at the Batumi Film Festival.
Azerbaijani cinema on the platform is represented by the drama Pomegranate Garden by Ilgar Najaf from the program of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. The film tells the story of a man’s return to his family after he suddenly disappeared 12 years ago.
To watch the films, it is necessary to register on the website of the digital film clubs network for the EU countries AT Klub and join the film club E-bridges, which was specially created within the BRIDGES festival. East of West Film Days. After the organizers confirm your application, you become a member of the film club and can watch movies at any convenient time, as well as join the discussions.