Eastern Europe

Television and films from Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia.
10.1.2022
1. The Road MovieBelarusDocumentary1 Hour 10 Mins

Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it documentary, it captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen drivers and passengers.

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2. EmaEstoniaDrama1 Hour 29 Mins

In this darkly comic unlikely whodunit, Elsa dutifully takes care of her comatose son, who has been shot under mysterious circumstances. In a small town where rumors run rampant, the investigation dawdles and a mother is tested.

3. The Turin HorseHungaryDrama2 Hours 35 Mins

Like a Nietzschean parable, this stark and beautifully haunting film illustrates the heaviness of human existence through the imagined fate of the infamous horse and its owner that sparked Friedrich Nietzsche’s mental breakdown.

4. The JumpLithuaniaDocumentary1 Hour 25 Mins

In 1970, Lithuanian sailor Simas Kudirka defected by jumping off a Soviet vessel aboard a US Coast Guard Cutter and asking for asylum. His leap for freedom led to one of the biggest political muddles of the Cold War, before a stunning twist of fate.

5. An Ordinary WomanRussiaComedy2 SN | 17 EPS

SYNOPSIS  Marina’s double life as a suburban wife/mother secretly running a prostitution ring threatens to unravel.

WHAT  Think Russian “Breaking Bad” starring a formidable female lead.

WHY  First Russian series made for international audiences.

6. Dead MountainRussiaThriller Suspense1 SN | 8 EPS

SYNOPSIS  Oleg, a fictional KGB major, sets out to uncover the truth of what happened on the Dyatlov Pass.

WHAT  A dramatization of the real-life mystery surrounding the 1959 disappearance of nine experienced Russian hikers.

WHY  Acclaimed Russian screenwriter Ilya Kulikov created the series based on declassified documents of the investigation.

7. Six Empty SeatsRussiaThriller Suspense1 SN | 8 EPS

SYNOPSIS  When six colleagues miss a flight that crashes, killing everyone else in their office, the group decides they must make the most of their second chance at life.

WHAT  Each episode focuses on a different survivor's past and point of view.

WHY  An all-star cast of Russian actors. Winner, Best TV Series at the Serial Killer Festival.

8. The LoadSerbiaDrama1 Hour 38 Mins

Premiering to rapturous reviews in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Ognjen Glavonić’s narrative feature debut, The Load, is a taut suspense thriller. During NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999, Vlada, a truck driver, is hired to undertake a treacherous path across his war-torn country and deliver mysterious cargo. On a journey where friend and foe prove indistinguishable, Vlada comes to realize the horrifying ramifications of his mission. The Load signals the arrival of a major talent.

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