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The 2018 festival's opening ceremony at Filmpalast Capitol is about to begin © Jacob Waak
2018 Festival opening ceremony: live act "Young Georgian Lolitaz" © Jacob Waak/ FILMLAND MV
Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Manuela Schwesig, Artistic Director of FILMKUNSTFEST MV Volker Kufahl and the Ambassador of the guest country Georgia: S. E. Dr. Elguja Khokrishvili © Jacob Waak/ FILMLAND MV
Up-and-coming star Emma Bading (MEINE TEUFLISCH GUTE FREUNDIN) © Edgar Hartung/ FILMLAND MV
Pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili at the grand piano © FILMLAND MV/Jacob Waak
Film concert CHEMI BEBIA (MY GRANDMOTHER, USSR, 1929) at the Filmpalast Capitol theatre © FILMLAND MV/Jacob Waak
Late-night talks with Knut Elstermann at the culture café Platon in Schwerin © FILMLAND MV/ Jacob Waak
Angelica G. Bozza presents her short film SALVEGER © Edgar Hartung
Film talk with producer Katarzyna Kucia about the Polish movie ONCE UPON A TIME IN NOVEMBER © FILMLAND MV/ Jacob Waak
World premiere of the film drama SPAETWERK; actor Henry Huebchen and actress Patrycia Ziolkowska © Edgar Hartung
Marc Sebastian Eils, director of the short film DEMIAN © Jacob Waak/ FILMLAND MV
Short-film night at the SPEICHER with live act DIE KERZEN © Jacob Waak
Short-film night at the SPEICHER © Jacob Waak
Filmmakers' breakfast in front of the backdrop of Schwerin Palace © Jacob Waak/ FILMLAND MV
Nukri Khatchvani (DEDE), Lasha Nizharadze (DEDE), Mariam Kandelaki (THE YOUTH AND THE LEOPARD) and Girshel Tchelidze (DEDE) © Jacob Waak/ FILMLAND MV
Henry Huebchen receives the "Golden Ox" honorary award for his lifetime achievement © Edgar Hartung
Wolfgang Fischer holding the audience award given to him by Schweriner Volkszeitung Editor-in-chief Michael Seidel, an award endowed by the Schweriner Volkszeitung newspaper © Jacob Waak
Director Julia Langhof receives the LEO Children's and Youth Film Award for her feature-film debut LOMO © Jacob Waak
The award winners of the 28th FILMKUNSTFEST MV: Julia Langhof, Uwe Dresch, Wolfgang Fischer, Henry Huebchen, Julian Poerksen, Marita Stocker, Mala Emde and Anton Spieker © Jacob Waak

The festival opening live act was Young Georgian Lolitaz, “one of the most distinctive and contemporary representatives of Georgian culture” (esckaz.com). The Georgian indie rock band became internationally famous for representing Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm where they performed the song “Midnight Gold”. They are the first all-male band to represent Georgia in the contest and reached the final round.

All Informations about the film concert with the soviet-georgian silent movie CHEMI BEBIA (MY GRANDMOTHER) with concert pianist and cultural attaché of the Georgian Embassy Dudana Mazmanishvili you can find here.

Georgia has a rich film tradition, with the Grusia-Film-Studios in the capital Tbilisi having a considerable share during the USSR era. In recent years, Georgian feature films are gaining international recognition in the film festival circuit again.

Our selection focuses on current long feature films and short films. Additionally, however, we wish to convey at least a brief insight into Georgian film history. This is represented by two Soviet silent film masterpieces: the avantgarde satire CHEMI BEBIA by Kote Mikaberidze (accompanied live on grand piano by Dudana Mazmanishvili), banned in the year of its première 1929, and the expressive portrait of a people living an isolated life in the Caucasus mountains in DZIM SVANTE by Michail Kalatasow from 1930. PIROSMANI by Giorgi Schengelaia about the legendary Georgian painter Nikola Pirosmani from 1969 is also a cinematic pleasure to (re)discover.

More informations about the Focus Georgia are available here.

Impressions from the short film night can you finde here.

The programm about the Focus BALTIC SEA you can find here.

Informations about the special events can you find here.

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