Since its establishment 60 years ago, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival has devoted itself to the latest developments in the world of short film. From the very beginning, the Festival has fostered a strong connection to East European filmmaking. The 1958 Festival motto “Path to the Neighbors” was a programmatic decision that testifies to the interest in East European film ever since the Cold War. The Festival continues to offer a unique “Window to the East,” affording all who are interested a glimpse into the cultures of Eastern Europe through the medium of film.
Against this backdrop, the Goethe-Institut Washington, the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Washington, DC, and the European Union Delegation to the United States developed the idea of celebrating the tenth anniversary of the eastward expansion of the European Union by assembling a selection of short films from the 13 newest member states: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia.
In the resulting film program, the thirteen countries present an array of thematic, aesthetic, and narrative responses to today’s Europe. As a whole, the films reflect the diversity and breadth of topics that can be addressed in the short film genre. Neither conventional narrative cinema nor simple entertainment, these films are instead self-reflections using the language of film.
Curated by the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and supported by the EU Delegation to the US.
This event is part of the event series The Wall in Our Heads.
Tickets are 7 USD / 4 USD, and can be purchased here.
When: Monday, November 24, 2014 | 6:30 pm
Where: Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001