New East Cinema

New East Cinema is an on-going series of films and talks organised in collaboration with the Barbican and Calvert 22, and which seeks to uncover the most thought-provoking, daring and vibrant cinema coming out of today’s ‘New East’, the expansive territory that stretches across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Baltic, Russia and Central Asia.

The films in this programme, many of which have been picked directly from the international film festival circuit, will be being screened in the UK for the first time and do not have UK general release. The series goes in search of filmmakers who are not only redefining the cinematic language of their respective countries, but are asking what this ‘post-Soviet’ or ‘post-socialist’ landscape may look like and what legacy it bears. Whether surreal, outright fantastical, outlandish or sobering, these films share a hunger for personal and authentic storytelling and ways of seeing.

Previously in this season


Debut feature by Bulgarian director Maya Vitkova, Viktoria is a darkly comic absurdist epic that plays out against a highly fragile and unstable background, as…

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The Fool

A plumber's assistant with bigger dreams finds himself at the center of municipal corruption when he realises 800 tennants need to be evacuated immediately from…

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All These Sleepless Nights

All These Sleepless Nights chronicles several months in the lives of art school friends Kris and Michal as they roam the city at night. Floating…

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It’s Not The Time of My Life

A young family with their five-year-old son returns to Hungary after a year spent in Scotland.

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New East Cinema/ Bridges of Time

This beautiful, poetic film explores the lesser known generation of documentary filmmakers of the Baltic New Wave, with moving extracts from features shot in 1960s…

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New East Cinema Presents/ Ága

An Inuit couple try to hold on to their traditions in Siberia’s tundra as the modern world and global warming bring challenges to their lifestyle…

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