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New York festival to celebrate Bosnian-Herzegovinian film in April

29 March 2017 · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Still from A Good Wife (Dobra žena), 2016, Mirjana Karanović

Next month New York will welcome the 14th edition of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF), an annual event celebrating the best of contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinema, as well as films taking the country as a major theme or location.

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Enjoy Tarkovsky for free

24 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from Ivan’s Childhood (1962, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

Andrei Tarkovsky fans rejoice — the Mosfilm Cinema Concern has launched a collection of films by the acclaimed director on its YouTube channel, and they are all free to view!

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New York Times names Georgian director Nana Ekvtimishvili one to watch

21 March 2017 · Georgia
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  • My Happy Family trailer (TABOO: Indie Film Trailers / YouTube)

Georgian filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili has been listed among nine “new directors to watch” by the New York Times.

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Kinoteka Polish Film Festival begins tonight in London

17 March 2017 · Poland
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Still from The Last Family (2016, dir. Jan P. Matuszyński)

The 15th edition of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival opens tonight in London, bringing an exciting programme of screenings and workshops to the city.

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New Russian licence law could hit streaming services hard

17 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016, dir. Dan Trachtenberg), which recently became available on Netflix Russia

Industry experts are predicting that online streaming services will suffer as the result of a new requirement, introduced by the Russian Culture Ministry, which will obligate video streaming sites to acquire exhibition licences for all films and TV programmes.

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Outrage over proposed Albanian ban on communist film

16 March 2017 · Albania
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Still from The Happy Couple (Çifti i lumtur), 1975, dir. Piro Milkani, starring Tinka Kurti

Could communist-era film soon be banned in Albania? A proposal to this effect from the state-funded Institute for Communist Crimes (ICC) has sparked public outrage and debate on decommunisation.

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Did Robin Hood wreck Dubrovnik?

10 March 2017 · Dubrovnik · Croatia
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  • Filming of Robin Hood : Origins in Dubrovnik (Dubrovački Dnevnik / YouTube)

The filmmakers behind upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Origins have found themselves at the heart of a scandal in Croatia, after city authorities in Dubrovnik were accused of “shameful degradation” of the city's heritage in relation to allowing the filming there.

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Apart: journey to Kaliningrad with Gosha Rubchinskiy and INRUSSIA

9 March 2017 · Kaliningrad · Russia
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  • (Apart [Online Premiere] / INRUSSIA / YouTube)

Russian fashion designer and photographer Gosha Rubchinskiy has collaborated with contemporary culture platform INRUSSIA to make short documentary film Apart.

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First ever Ukrainian National Film Awards to launch next month

8 March 2017 · Ukraine
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Still from Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015, dir. Roman Bondarchuk), the Ukrainian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards

20 April will see Ukraine's inaugural National Film Awards celebrate the best of the country's cinematic talent.

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Beauty and the Beast avoids Russia ban, but kids won’t get to see it

8 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from Beauty and the Beast, 2017, dir. Bill Condon

After calls to ban it, Russia's Ministry of Culture will allow the release of Disney's upcoming Beauty and the Beast film. Forget taking your children, though — a “gay moment” has won the film a 16+ rating.

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