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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.