Move East Movie: Eastern European cinema at Different Sounds | Register

Like every year, an important part of East of Culture – Different Sounds’ programme is the film series Move East Movie which focuses on the most interesting and current titles of East European cinema. The festival (3-6 September 2020, Błonia near the Castle in Lublin) is approaching fast! Join us for concerts, literary panels and exhibitions.

Please note: the screenings are free but you need to book a seat via our online forms. The number of places is limited. Original audio, Polish subtitles.



Eastern European cinema has been awakening from the post-communist lethargy, boldly offering interesting alternatives to western European, Asian or American cinema. It brings fresh quality but also reveals new perspectives on the problems of the contemporary world, the perception of borders or daily life. The cinematic take on our Eastern neighbours, especially countries of the Caucasus or Moldova, provides knowledge on the culture of those regions that still remains little known to an average European. When we initiated the “Move East Movie ” cycle in 2014, we wanted to awaken the awareness of cinephiles and show the everyday lives of the residents of Eastern Partnership countries as well as the interests of film circles in those countries. We want to focus on new movies which offer the most up-to-date portrayal of the countries and give an idea about the condition of their respective cinemas.

This year’s programme will include new films, which stood out at many film festivals, but were unfortunately lost in Polish cinema distribution.


3 September 2020 | 20.00-22.35 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio

A gentle Creature, dir. Sergei Loznitsa FRA / DEU / NLD / LTU | 2017 143 min.

A Gentle creature, screened at the main competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2017 is the third feature film of the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa (My Joy, In the Fog). Inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevlsy’s story under the same title, the film leads us into a world of a crime without punishment. Contemporary Russian countryside. A woman gets back a package she sent to her imprisoned husband. She decides to visit him to find out what’s going on. She finds herself in a Kafkaesque city – prison, the officials refuse to give her information, she keeps hearing “state secret”. Her path leads her through successive circles of Russian hell, corrupted at all institutional and moral levels. Is there anyone out there whom she can trust? A gentle creature is a spectacular portrait of contemporary Russia, that we watch with fascination and horror.


4 September 2020 | 20.00-21.35 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio

Crystal Swan, dir. Darya Zhuk

BLR / RUS / USA / DEU 2018 90 min.

Belarusian submission for an Oscar in the category Best International Feature Film. This electrifying debut focuses on Velya – a young Belarusia woman who wants to emigrate to the USA and become a DJ. In order to get the US visa, she lies that she works in a small-town crystal factory. .Because of a typo in the forged certificate of employment, Vela is forced to spend a week in the small backwater factory town in order not to lose the chance for her “American dream”. “Crystal Swan” is a story of the Belrusian rave culture of the 1990s, and about a country whose people are looking forward to a better future and where the concepts of one’s own identity and belonging have not yet been defined.

5 September 2020 | 20.00-21.45 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 patio Numbers, dir. Oleg Sentsov UKR / POL / FRA / CZE , 2019, 104 “Numbers” is one of the most extraordinary film projects of recent years. It was directed by Oleg Sentsov while still in prison, over 6, 000 km from the film set, through his lawyer and letters sent to the producers and crew. Based on Sentsov’s own play, this dystopian tale in which characters are assigned numbers instead of names, talks about power that corrupts and about enslavement that breaks people. In 2014, Oleg Sentsov was arrested on charges of planning terrorist acts. He had protested against the illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. A year later, a Russian court sentenced him to 20 years in a strict penal colony. In June 2018, Sentsov started a hunger protest, remotely directing „Numbers” at the same time. On September 7, 2019, Oleksandr Sentsov was released as part of an exchange negotiated by the Ukrainian and Russian authorities. Polish filmmakers played a major part in the making of this film: Adam Sikora (cinematography), Jarosław Kamiński (editing) and Bartłomiej Woźniak and Wojciech Mielimąka (sound). The polish producer of the film is Apple Film Production, a studio managed by Dariusz Jabłońskim director and producer, president of the Polish Film Academy.

6 September 2020 | 20.00-21.40 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio

Zabronenyy (Forbidden), dir. Roman Brovko 

Ukr | 2019

100 min.

A metaphorical tale about the life and mysterious death of Vasyl Stus, considered the most outstanding Ukrainian poet of the second half of the 20th century, a human rights defender, the hero of Ukraine. It’s 1985, USSR is announcing the beginning of perestroika. Mikhail Gorbachev speaks about transparency and democracy.  At the same time, thousands of people remain imprisoned in Soviet prisons. One of them is Vasyl Stus – a Ukrainian poet, arrested in 1972 and charged with spreading antiSoviet propaganda and agitation. He died on the night of 3 to 4 September 1985 in the camp at Perm under mysterious circumstances. He was buried in an unnamed grave in the camp’s cemetery. In late autumn of 1989, after many previous attempts, his body was finally brought to Kiev, and the second burial transformed into a huge manifestation of Ukrainians rights to freedom. In 1985  Heinrich Böll submitted Vasyl Stus’ name as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The film is set at the time when KGB make their last attempt to tempt the poet with “freedom”.