The organisers of central and eastern European film festival Cineast are hedging their bets with a hybrid event for their thirteenth edition.
They’ve created an impressive line-up of 45 features and 20 shorts from 21 countries with, for the first time, they will screen films from Belarus.
To compensate for the reduced screening room capacities as a result of social distancing, this year the Cineast programme includes more film screenings, in addition to the chance to watch many of the films on demand from home, “to adapt to the category of people who are vulnerable or don’t feel safe enough to come back to cinemas,” festival director Radek Lipka told Delano. The programme has also been spaced out more to allow time to ventilate and clean the screening rooms.
The festival’s overarching theme is “Planting the Future. Our planet and societies at a crossroads”, which is reflected in the films, debates and photo exhibition at Neimenster and its country in focus is Hungary. There will also be four live music events: a concert with Hungarian ensemble Canarro, playing gypsy swing (Melusina 9 October), an Apéro Jazz with a live film soundtrack by the HeFi Quartet from Poland (Neimenster 25 October) and a closing concert at Melusina on 23 October.
The Cineast festival runs from 8-25 October. Tickets to screenings cost €7, online viewing costs €5. Festival-goers can also buy a hybrid pass offering access to five online films and five physical screenings. The full programme can be found here cineast.lu