Festival Focus: Trieste FF

Each January, the North Italian town of Trieste hosts an eponymous film festival presenting the most remarkable films from Central and Eastern Europe. The films address current societal and political issues as well as historical events from the European space. The diverse creative approaches prove the rich variety of today‘s cinema in these regions.

Exploring the darker side of the past, Slovenian film Greetings from Free Forests reveals the multi-layered story of Yugoslavian partisans who used to hide in Slovenia’s forests in the Second World War. The film won the Grand Prix at Doclisboa FF.

About the festival: Due to its location close to the Slovenian border as well as its history, the Italian seaside town of Trieste has always been on the line between Western and Eastern Europe. This is one of the reasons why a notable festival with a focus on Central and East European films was founded there shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each year, filmmakers and viewers from Western Europe meet there to discover new filmmakers and films from the other side of the border.

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