Eastern Europe

Television and films from Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia.
3.14.2022
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. The Good PostmanBulgariaDocumentary1 Hour 22 Mins

A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly Bulgarians is deciding on the future of Europe, inspiring postman Ivan to embark on a new political vision — run for mayor in order to bring his dying village to life by welcoming refugees.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Infinite FootballRomaniaDocumentary1 Hour 10 Mins

Hailed as “one of the most original and visionary documentary films to have emerged recently” (The New Yorker), “hilarious and heartbreaking” (Sight & Sound) and “a drolly funny and explosively brainy new documentary” (LA Times), Infinite Football follows the travails of a former soccer star and current local bureaucrat in a small Romanian town who dreams of revolutionizing the rules of the world’s most popular sport.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Six Empty SeatsRussiaThriller Suspense1 SN | 8 EPS

An ordinary day quickly takes a turn when six coworkers learn a flight they were meant to be on has crashed—leaving no survivors. But gratitude gives way to something darker, and sets the group on an unexpected path. Aired in Russia as Polyot.

9. 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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