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Meeting Point Europe

Cinematik comes with a unique and original concept for its competitive section. In the main competition, entitled Meeting Point Europe, we screen a collection of the best European films made in 2018 and 2019, based on the votes of European film critics.

Under the auspices of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI

The competitive section is the showcase of each and every film festival. Cinematik comes with a unique and original concept for its competitive section. In the main competition, entitled Meeting Point Europe, we screen a collection of the best European films made in 2018 and 2019, based on the votes of European film critics.

It is an original concept of arranging a competitive section, since the films in the final selection have been chosen by a panel of film critics from 16 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and United Kingdom). The final selection of films reflects the subjective views of European film critics on European cinema, while considering current trends on the levels of national and world cinema. However, the only relevant criteria are the artistic quality and the intensity of personal auteur expression.

The film critics made their own, personal “best of” lists of European films made in 2018 and 2019. They assigned points to every film and the selection of the best films from the voting will be screened at the festival within the Meeting Point Europe competitive section. At the end of the festival, the film with the most points will be announced as the winning picture and awarded the main prize of the festival—the Meeting Point Europe Award.

  • Night of the Kings

    La Nuit des rois

    FR/CI/CA/SN, 2020, 92 min.; fr, dyu / sk tit

    Director: Philippe Lacôte

    A young man is sent to Ivory Coast’s most ferocious prison, a world governed by rites and unwritten laws. As the red moon casts an eerie spell, he is designated to narrate stories to his fellow inmates; he has no…

  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

    Quo Vadis, Aida?

    BA/AT/RO/NL/DE/PL/FR/TR/NO, 2020, 101 min.; sh, bs, en, nl, sr / cz tit

    Director: Jasmila Žbanić

    Bosnia, July 1995. The Serbian army approaches Srebrenica, which is declared a “safe zone” by the UN. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing their homes to a nearby UN base. Aida, a translator working for the UN, knows the…

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc

    RO/HR/CZ/LU, 2021, 106 min.; ro / cz tit

    Director: Radu Jude

    The video becomes viral. It shows sex between a man and a woman in masks. The woman is identified despite wearing the mask. What a pity that she is a teacher and should be a role model. Especially, in (a…

  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt?

    DE/GE, 2021, 150 min.; ka / sk tit

    Director: Alexandre Koberidze

    It’s love at first sight when Lisa and Giorgi meet by chance on a street in the Georgian city of Kutaisi. Love strikes them so suddenly; they even forget to ask each other’s names. Before continuing on their way, they…

  • Beginning

    Dasatskisi

    GE/FR, 2020, 125 min.; ka / cz tit

    Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili

    In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah’s Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles. Yanna’s inner discontent grows as she…

  • Gunda

    Gunda

    NO/US/GB, 2020, 93 min.; en / cz tit

    Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

    Experiential cinema in its purest form, Gunda chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, the…

  • DAU. Natasha

    DAU. Natasha

    DE/UA/GB/RU, 2020, 146 min.; ru, en / sk tit

    Director: Ilja Chržanovskij, Jekaterina Oertel

    Natasha runs the canteen at a secret Soviet research institute. Everyone drops in here: the institute’s employees, scientists and visiting foreign guests. By day she serves food, by night she attends wild parties that know neither class distinction nor cadre.

  • Love Affair(s)

    Les Choses qu'on dit, les choses qu'on fait

    FR, 2020, 122 min.; fr / sk tit

    Director: Emmanuel Mouret

    Waiting for her boyfriend to join her on a country vacation, three months pregnant Daphne bonds with his cousin Maxime, and their shared intimacy brings them closer together into a full-fledged love affair.

  • Dear Comrades!

    Dorogije tovarišči

    RU, 2020, 120 min.; ru / cz tit

    Director: Andrej Končalovskij

    USSR, Novocherkassk, 1962. Lyudmila is a member of the local Communist Party. She is a staunch upholder of the Communist regime and ideals and despises any form of dissent. During a labour strike at the local electromotive factory, she witnesses…