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THE BORDER GOES TO ROTTERDAM

Thanks to East Silver, The Border by Slovak director Jaro Vojtek was picked up for screenings by the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Jan 27 - Feb 7). Set in an eastern Slovak village that was split by the Soviet border for more than 60 years, the film received the Award for Best East European Documentary Film at the 13th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.

39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: January 27 – February 7, 2010

39th International Film Festival Rotterdam is one of the major European film festivals focusing not only on documentary films, but also new feature films from the entire world. It takes place at the end of the January, before Berlinale.

 

 
 

 

The Border | Jaro Vojtek | 2009
Slovakia, 2009, 72 min., 35 mm

During the night of August 30, 1946, the village of Slemence on the eastern European border, was divided by the Red Army into two parts. One part, Veľké Slemence, remained in Slovakia [former Czechoslovakia]; the other part was renamed Malé Slemence and became a part of Ukraine [in the former Soviet Union]. The absurdly demarked border, similar to the famed Berlin Wall, divides estates, the cemetery, and closest families up to this day. This documentary pictures the bitter experience of people from Slemence, who dream of the opening of the most closely-watched border of the European Union.

The Border - IFF Rotterdam programme page