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Category: South East Europe in the News

Refugees - Still from Quo Vadis Aida

In Solidarity

Less than a quarter-century since the last deadly fighting was over in Eastern Europe the winds of war have again engulfed the region. Under attack, hundreds of thousands of civilians are fleeing Ukraine and pouring into neighboring countries. Non-Ukrainian residents and Ukrainians alike are seeking shelter in Romania and Poland, and farther afield. The danger […]

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Kissing Gate, Constantin Brancusi, Targu-Jiu, Romania

Brâncuși, Miklós Jancsó and Ivan Cankar

Brâncuși Around the World On the occasion of Brâncuși Day, on February 19, the Romanian Cultural Institute is launching, in partnership with Art Safari, as part of the ArtSociety initiative, a dialogue with the great museums of the world about the universal influence of the great Romanian artist. The first stop is the Noguchi Museum where Curator of Research Matthew […]

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rubiks cube

Inventor of the Rubik’s Cube Gets a Movie

A Rubik’s Cube movie and game show are set to be in the works. Learn about the creator and the story behind his famed invention that will soon be on the screen. The great inventor from South East Europe, Ernő Rubik is the Hungarian mastermind behind the beloved mechanical puzzle that has been sold more […]

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Česnica The Best Orthodox Christmas Bread

The Best Orthodox Christmas Bread – Recipe

Use this recipe to make Česnica During Orthodox Christmas on January 7th, many Serbian families prepare a traditional Christmas bread known as Česnica (ches-nee-tsa). It’s an egg-based bread similar to brioche. It’s fluffy on the inside with a shimmering and crunchy crust. A unique tradition is associated with Česnica. A coin is kneaded into the […]

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Gyula Gazdag receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Budapest

We are delighted to share with SEEfest fans the news from Budapest where our festival’s long time friend and renowned filmmaker, educator and mentor Gyula Gazdag was honored at the Budapest International Documentary Festival with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations!  Gyula Gazdag is a professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He has […]

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Festivals: Hana Jušić and Salomé Jashi Win Top Awards In Belgrade and Zagreb

SEEfest Editorial | March 6 , 2017 — BELGRADE: Croatian Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić was awarded the Belgrade Victor for Best Film at the 45th Belgrade International Film Festival – FEST, while Serbia’s Requiem for Mrs. J by Bojan Vuletić was awarded Best Film in the National Competition program.  ZAGREB: Georgian/German coproduction […]

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Serbian-American VR Wunderkind at Tribeca

Only a year ago at Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier did Milica Zec present a short narrative piece called “Giant.” By this Spring she, together with her partner, Winslow Turner Porter III, has become a fixture on the festival circuit with stops at Cannes and now Tribeca. At Tribeca Milica will present “Tree,” which premiered earlier […]

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The Science of Counting the Ballots for Best Picture

Unlike other Oscar categories, where the winners are those with most votes, Best Picture is chosen from this year’s 9 (sometimes more) nominees through a complex process of counting the ballots using the preferential system. Accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC, are in charge of the count. You can find out about the ‘8 steps’ and the ‘magic number’ […]

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FNE Country Report: Georgia

Nestled in the Caucasus with a coast along the eastern shores of the Black Sea, Georgia is a country of 4.5 million people and a great cinema tradition. In recent years Georgian films enjoyed a renaissance with films like Tangerines, by Zaza Urushadze, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and In Bloom, by Nana Ekvtimishvili and […]

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Hungarian, Romanian and Croatian Films Win Prizes in Berlin

Congratulations to Eastern European women filmmakers on their great success at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale. Golden Bear for best film went to Hungarian feature On Body and Soul directed by Ildiko Enyedi, a filmmaker returning to form after 18-year long hiatus. All winners from Eastern Europe are women, another first. Here’s the list:  HungarianOn Body […]

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