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FESTIVAL

LOCATIONS

APRIL 30 th ­ MAY 3rd

GOETHE INSTITUT LOS ANGELES 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100 Los Angeles, CA 90036

NIGHT SCREENING

MAY 4th

JAMES BRIDGES THEATRE UCLA Campus in Westwood Hilgard Avenue entrance (at Parking Structure 3)

CLOSING

BUSINESS

CONFERENCE

MAY 4th

FACULTY CENTER UCLA Campus in Westwood Hilgard Avenue entrance at Westholme (Parking Structure 2)

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WHO WE ARE

Every year the festival of South East European cinema presents its main program over the first weekend in May, educating the Southern-California public about the cultural diversity of that region and fostering cultural exchange. Best known as a conflict zone, South East Europe, which stretches from Austria in the northwest to Turkey in the southeast, is also a cultural hub whose films paint a richer, more diverse portrait and highlight universal themes and human concerns. In addition to the festival, SEE Fest co-presents films at significant Los Angeles film events, including AFI Fest and the Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2009 SEE Fest was one of the founding partners of No Boundaries initiative devoted to issues of borders and human rights.

TICKET INFO

http://www.itsmyseat.com/SEEFEST.html

South East European Film Festival

7119 W. Sunset Blvd., Unit 306, Hollywood, CA 90046 www.seefilmla.org

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PRESENTING SPONSORS

Promoting knowledge of the German language and culture abroad, and developing innovative concepts for a world made more human through mutual understanding, where cultural diversity is seen as an asset. Goethe Institut Los Angeles 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Tel: 323 525-3388

CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN STUDIES

CEES fosters academic excellence through innovative research and teaching, promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, and facilitates the dissemination of knowledge about the languages, cultures, and societies of Europe and Eurasia to the UCLA community and the public. Center for European and Eurasian Studies ­ UCLA International Institute 11367 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095 Tel: 310 825-4060

american cinema foundation

Commitment to television and film projects that address fundamental social values in a positive manner, that support and strengthen the concepts of the common good and the common culture, and promote democratic pluralism and inclusion. American Cinema Foundation 11400 W. Olympic Blvd. #200, Los Angeles, CA 90064 Tel: 310 914-0159

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2009

AT THE GOETHE INSTITUTE

PROGRAM

APRIL 30 ­ MAY 3

-- THURSDAY, APRIL 30 --

Opening Night: Of Love and Patriotism

BEHIND THE GLASS

(Iza stakla)

(Croatia Ð Feature) 80 min L.A. Dir: Zrinko Ogresta / Croatia Prod: Ivan Maloca

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Premiere!

7:00 pm

Beautifully composed psychological drama about a love triangle reveals layers of moral dilemmas as protagonists confront fate, destiny, coincidence and individual responsibility as one marriage is falling apart. Much like Kieslowski, director Ogresta probes the social undercurrents beneath the bubble of an upscale urban living with great skill and sharp insight.

DIR: ZRINKO OGRESTA

DIVORCE ALBANIAN STYLE

(Razvod po albanski)

(Bulgaria/Albania Ð Doc) 66 min West Coast Premiere! Dir: Adela Peeva / Bulgaria Prod: Adela Peeva and Slobodan Milovanovic

| 9:00 pm

Bulgarian director Adela Peeva reveals the tragic stories of Albanians who married Polish, Russian, or Czech women in the post-WWII Albania. When Albanian president Hoxha split from the USSR in 1961, he ordered spouses deported as "spies", and broke those marriages by force.

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BAD BLUE BOYS

(Panj pun olova)

(Croatia Ð Doc) 28 min US Premiere! Dir: Branko Schmidt / Croatia Prod: Anita Juka

DIR: BRANKO SCHMIDT

A traumatized war veteran attempts to reintegrate into the Croatian society by going through the motions: sharing meals with his family, toiling in his workshop, a visit to the cabin, and meeting with friends. But despite his best efforts to forget the war experience, it continues to haunt him. Bad Blue Boys is a faceless confession of pain and a testament to the profound and lasting effects of war.

-- FRIDAY, MAY 1 --

Women of South East Europe

THE PAINTED BRIDE

(Pisanata bulka)

(Bulgaria Ð Doc) 30 min US Premiere! Dir/Prod: Veselka Toncheva / Bulgaria

| 6:30 pm

The film looks at customs and rituals of a confessional community--the Bulgarian Muslims of the Teteven region--which has been influenced by both Islamic and Christian folk cultures. The film's focus is on a wedding ritual that involves decorating the face of the bride and dyeing her hands with henna.

DIR/PROD: VESELKA TONCHEVA

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MY MARLON AND BRANDO

(Gitmek)

(Turkey Ð Feature) 93 min West Coast Premiere! Dir: Huseyin Karabey / Turkey Prod: Lucinda Englehart, Huseyin Karabey, Sophie Lorant

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7:00 pm

A delightful, quirky and profoundly lyrical film from Kurdish director Karabey features Turkish actress Ayça Damgaci who plays herself and Kurdish actor Hama Ali Khan, who fell in love only to be separated by borders and wars. Ayça's journey across inhospitable border zones brings a new chapter to the love story genre.

FORGOTTEN VOICES

(USA/Bosnia-Herzegovina Ð Doc) 52 min LA Dir/Prod: Jennifer Rawlings / USA

| 9:00 pm

Premiere!

In 2006 filmmaker Jennifer Rawlings journeyed to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to interview women who survived the Bosnian War of the 1990s. Remembering these events and their victims is one way to recognize them and to honor their experience.

JOURNEY INTO SEX SLAVERY

(Bocca della Verit^ )

(Italy Ð Doc) 7 min Dir/Prod: Luigia Martelloni

Shot over a period of several years, the film is a personal account of "Karen", young Romanian woman who was kidnapped and sold into sex slavery on the streets of Rome.

DIR/PROD: LUIGIA MARTELLONI

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-- SATURDAY, MAY 2 --

Living With Extreme Politics

DIAGNOSIS S.B.H.

(Bosnia-Herzegovina Ð Doc) 42 min US Dir: Enes Zlatar / Bosnia-Herzegovina Prod: Amra Baksic Camo

| 3:00 pm

Premiere!

(Dijagnoza S.B.H.)

On a backdrop of the contemporary music scene in BosniaHerzegovina and interviews with fellow rock musicians, director Zlatar asks: Which language is `our language'? He explores the issue of language, leaving us to contemplate the high-voltage political legacy of nationalism and recent wars.

TUNNEL'S END 4:00 pm

(Bosnia-Herzegovina/Spain Ð Doc) 100 min US Premiere! Dir: Monica Lleo / Spain Prod: Luka Tomanovic

(Na kraju tunela)

DIR: MONICA LLEO

An extraordinary debut by a young filmmaker from Spain, Monica Lleo, the film tackles the key issues that led BosniaHerzegovina first into war in the 1990s and subsequently into paralysis, which the country is still suffering today. Featuring interviews with politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and survivors.

THE FOURTH MAN

(Cetvrti covek)

| 6:00 pm

(Serbia Ð Feature) 107 min US Premiere! Dir: Dejan Zecevic / Serbia Prod: Zeljko Mitrovi, Slobodan Joci, Dénes Szekeres, Nikolina Vuceti

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DIR: DEJAN ZECEVIC

The search for a "fourth man" and one man's own lost memory takes a recently amnesiac veteran of the Bosnian war on a soulsearching journey through many circles of corruption, betrayal, misplaced honor and loyalty to reveal a failed criminal system. Made as a thriller, the film rewards with restrained acting, intelligent plot and excellent ensemble chemistry.

-- SUNDAY, MAY 3 --

Balkans Unplugged

TWO FAIRIES

(Dvije vile)

(Croatia Ð Animated short) 3 min U.S. Premiere! Dir: Jadranko Lopatic, Miroslav Klaric / Croatia Prod: Vinko Bresan

| 3:00 pm

This charming vignette depicts a very funny duel between two fairies for the possession of a single magic wand. These winged ladies employ even martial arts in their epic battle and are properly brought down to an appropriately comical size.

DIRS: JADRANKO LOPATIC / MIROSLAV KLARIC

BALKAN EXPRESS ­ Macedonian Wedding

(Balkan Express-RY ckkehr nach Europa: Mazedonien - Der Krieg,der nicht stattfand)

(Macedonia/AustriaÐ doc) 52 min LA Dir: Peter Beringer / Austria Prod: Martin Traxl

Premiere!

The ten part documentary Balkan Express ­ Return to Europe was awarded the Erasmus EuroMedia Grand Award in 2008 for outstanding European media productions by the European Society for Education and Communication (ESEC). Macedonian wedding focuses on the Albanian minority in Macedonia and the impressive cultural diversity stemming from centuries of coexistence between Orthodox and Islamic religions.

DIR: PETER BERINGER

UNPLUGGED

(Croatia Ð animated short) 12 min U.S. Dir: Stjepan Mihaljevic / Croatia Prod: Vinko Bresan

Premiere!

Gaspar is a lonely taxi driver whose life is filled with mindless, propagandistic TV programs. Accidentally, he rescues a beautiful member of the Resistance and with her goes on a quest to a mysterious island that harbors

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the `zero-switch'. Discovering the switch, they are rescued from the world of alienation and loneliness, finding a new meaning in togetherness and love.

THE OTHER SIDE

(Oda t)

(Hungary Ð Short) 12 min U.S. Dir: Peter Szalay / Hungary Prod: Andras Muhi

Premiere!

A reenactment of the tragic real-life story about the last victim of the Iron Curtain era. Just weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall, while an East German family tries to cross the Hungarian border a nervous guard accidentally kills the father.

DIR: PETER SZALAY

ROOSTER'S BREAKFAST

(Petelinji zajtrk)

(Slovenia Ð Feature) 124 min West Dir: Marko Nabersnik / Slovenia Prod: Franci Zajc

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4:30 pm

Coast Premiere!

DIR: MARKO NABERSNIK

The top grossing film in Slovenia and the country's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009, Rooster's Breakfast is a love story between a young car mechanic and the wife of a local criminal. There is plenty of nostalgia, sweet humor and country-style lovemaking in this tale of a tempestuous episode in the life of a provincial town.

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-- MONDAY, MAY 4 -- JAMES BRIDGES THEATRE UCLA

Closing Night: Romania!

MEGATRON

(Romania Ð Short) 15 min Dir: Marian Crisan / Romania Prod: Anca Puiu

| 6:30 pm

Winner of Palme d'Or in Cannes 2008, Megatron tells the story of Maxim, a boy who lives with his mother in a village near Bucharest, longing to meet his father who lives in the city. When his mother takes him to McDonald's for his eighth birthday, Maxim would do anything to meet his father.

DIR: MARIAN CRISAN

ELEVATOR

(Elevatorul)

(Romania Ð Feature) 85 min LA Premiere! Dir: George Dorobantu / Romania Prod: Alexandra M. Paun and Gabriel Pintilei

Shot in eighteen days in the elevator of a Bucharest theatre for a budget of just 300 Euros, Elevator is a small masterpiece of tension and nerve-shredding claustrophobia. Based on a real event and on an award-winning stage play by Gabriel Pintilei; Fabien Baumann of Positif says, "Elevator evokes Gus Van Sant's Gerry (despite using the opposite device of confined space rather then open desert), and even his Last Days in its glorious final sequence."

DIR: GEORGE DOROBANTU

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KIOSK PROGRAM

-- APRIL 30 - MAY 3 -- GOETHE INSTITUTE LOS ANGELES Parallel program reserved for trailers, experimental and short films, including presentation of films by expat filmmakers.

NOTE

(Animated Short, Croatia) US Dir: Marko Mestrovic

Premiere!

Three diffferent stories about a relationship between a father and son, taking place in different social milieux.

DIR: MARKO MESTROVIC

MALFORMANCE/PERFORMANCE

(Animated Short, Croatia) Dir: Tomislav Gregl

US Premiere!

Clay images of tyrants, warmongers and dictators recall faces of evil through history.

DIR: TOMISLAV GREGL

EGON & DONCI - Trailer

(Feature Animation, Hungary) Dir: Adam Magyar

Boy-cat pair of space explorers from a faraway planet travels across the universe to reach Earth.

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THEY CAME TO PLAY ­ Trailer

(Doc, USA) Dir: Alex Rotaru

International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas features three nerve-wracking elimination rounds.

SARAJEVO 1984 ­ 25th Anniversary of the XIV Winter Olympic Games

(Doc, USA) Dir: Kim Takal

Courtesy of Jalbert Productions

Original footage from the `84 Winter Olympics pays homage to Sarajevo and evokes a legendary moment in time, a precursor of war-time heroic stand during the siege of 1990's.

ZOOGEN

(Experimental Short, Croatia) US Dir: Dan Oki

Premiere!

Raising ethical questions about the science of artificial life, the film is an artistic vision of the relationship between humans and animals.

DIR: DAN OKI

WINTER PASTILLES

(Pastille de Iarna)

(3D Animated Short, Romania) Dir/Wr/Pr & Animator: Ion Octavian Frecea

Winter-to-spring divertissement stars two playful snowmen who are soon replaced by a pair of bunnies as spring time approaches...

DIR: ION OCTAVIAN FRECEA

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BUSINESS

-- MONDAY, MAY 4 -- FACULTY CENTER, UCLA

Bridging the Divide: Unlocking the Byzantine Film Model

Finding Financing

Financing for Production and Development

NEW!

CONFERENCE

| 10:00 am

moderator: Stephen Saltzman Partner, Loeb & Loeb panelists: ·Michael Andreen Senior Vice President, International Production, Walt Disney Studios ·Noel Lohr Managing Director at Incentive Filmed Entertainment, LLC ·Tim O'Hair Agent, Motion Picture Finance, Paradigm Talent Agency ·Gadi Wildstrom Managing Director, Freeway Entertainment Group

Producing in South East Europe

A practical perspective from both sides of the Divide

| 11:00 am

Production Mini-Focus: Music Clearance

moderator: Matt Birch Montana Artists panelists: ·Ram Bergman Producer ·Douglas Curtis Producer ·Michele Greco Producer ·William W. Wilson III Line Producer ·Susan Kaufman, Esq. Reder & Feig

moderator: Greg Schenz Senior Vice President, Business & Legal, Endgame Entertainment panelists: ·Crystal Ortiz Rebel Synch ·Brandon Fuller Rebel Synch

Distribution: Evaluating the Many Options

How to get Your Film Seen?

| 12:00 pm

moderator: Greg Schenz Senior Vice President, Business & Legal, Endgame Entertainment panelists: ·Alan J. Bailey Advisor, Wizzard Media; Head Programmer, Action On Film Festival ·James Eowan Senior Vice President, Distribution, Seventh Art Releasing ·Skip Fredricks Senior Vice President, Content Wizzard Media ·Sean Healey Independent Motion Picture Sales Agent

Networking Lunch

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1:00 pm

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Dan Tana's Restaurant 9071 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 275-9444

Le Pain Quotidien 8607 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, CA (310) 854-3700

Austrian Consulate General Los Angeles

NEW YORK

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MEDIA SPONSORS

CULTURAL & COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Istituto Italiano di Cultura L o s A n g e l e s

Fairfax High School Unity Club

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Board of Directors

Vera Mijojlic President Spomenka Begic-Bratovic Secretary Alan M. Strasburg Treasurer

Volunteer Coordinators

Samantha Hammer Jackie Marsh

Legal Counsel

Douglas P. Wiita Norminton & Wiita

Logo Design

Jeff Potts 20/20 creative

Festival Director

Vera Mijojlic

Festival PSA & Animated Logo

Greg Hirsh

Head Programmer

Elisa Iovine

Festival Photographers

Aaron Perez John Marsh

Programming Associate

Adnan Dzumhur

Festival Poster

Business Conference Chair

Gregory Schenz

Dina Ceric Nermina Filipovic Azra Mujkic

Brochure Design

Ragtag Design

New Media Advisors

Alan Bailey Skip Fredricks

Additional Design

John Marsh Aaron Perez

Screeners

Lizz Henderson Rich Henderson Jamie Hinrichs Goran Neric Samantha Hammer Ramesh Rampertab Aaron Wang

Goethe Institut Brochure/ Insert Design

Anna-Maria Furlong AMF Graphics

Event Support

Publicist

Laurent Boye

Community Outreach

Oana Sabo Stephanie Wooten Angel Choi Pilar Galvez

Fairfax HS Unity Club, Anna Paikow, Julyssa Guevara, Cigdem Akbay, Kathleen Allison, Aimee Colman, Johanna Ramirez, Kiel Patten, George Constantin, Jamie Feld, Jamie Hinrichs, Jennifer Kenyon, Martha Luna, Alex Lykidis, John Marsh, Kathy Sihavanh, Gabriela Gaeta, Clara Dykstra, Marissa Correa, Ramesh Rampertab, Jia Xia, Iris Marialaki, Jonathan Ausube

Research

Alex Lykidis Raya Marinova

Paris Correspondent

Flavie Fontaine

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Special Thanks To:

Bernd Desinger, Margit Kleinman, Gail Kligman, Jim Robbins, Liana Grancea, Stefan Kloo, Atanas Baker, Aaron Perez, Izabela Starcic, Gary McVey, Joan and Russell Witte, Michael Heim, Polo Munoz, Jeffrey Winter, Josh Sands, Drita Kessler, Ilie Ardelean, Jacob Segal, Juan Rodriguez Flores, Mary Gross, Bijan Tehrani, Ljiljana Grozdanic, Adis Djapo, Nenad Dukic, Nazan Tekin, Nada Palikovic, Sonja Perencevic, Ken Aaron, Carla Sanders

Stefania Magidson Blue Heron Foundation, Los Angeles Gary McVey American Cinema Foundation, Los Angeles Gregory R. Schenz Endgame Entertainment Aldo Shllaku Composer, Los Angeles Izabela Starcic California Advertising, Beverly Hills Dan Tana Dan Tana's Restaurant, Los Angeles James Ulmer Writer-Producer, Los Angeles Elio Zarmati DMZ Publishing, Ojai

Advisory Board USA

Dr. Leon Alkalai, PhD. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Elyas Beria Custom Canvases, New York Tom Blount Miami Andrea Capachietti Humanitarian Aid Consultant and Lecturer, Los Angeles Carol Contes Entertainment Attorney, Los Angeles Claudia Correra Santa Fe, NM Wayne G. Glass Professor, School of International Relations, USC Marsha Goodman Casting Director, Los Angeles Jordan Elgrably Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles Dan Einstein UCLA Film and Television Archive, Los Angeles Drita Kessler DK Art Publishing, Los Angeles Lelei Lelaulu International Development Consultant, Washington, D.C.

Advisory Board EUROPE

Nenad Dukic Film Critic, SEE Film, Belgrade Mustafa Kapidzic Kult B Publishing, Sarajevo Won Kim Pas de Dieux, Paris Dunja Klemenc

Producer/Studio Maj, Ljubljana

Ankica Petrovic Ethnomusicologist, Split Eric Raynaud Screenwriter, Paris Nataly Scherbakova Producer, Hamburg Nenad Sebek Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in South East Europe, Thessaloniki Hari Stajner Independent Media Center, Belgrade

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WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Consulates General: Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish

AND INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS

Falcon Lair Films Jacob and Geri Segal Drita Kessler Anthony Saidy Atanas and Tania Baker Peter and Mary Gross Jane Tessa ten Brink Alan M. Strasburg

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PATRON SPONSORS

E.L.M.A ­ European Languages and Movies in America Dedicated to showcasing European movies in America www.elma.org

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