Located in Eberswalde, some 50km northeast of Berlin, this peripheral festival showcases a varied selection of films that call attention to regional socioeconomic issues, celebrate provincial values and inform the world at large about life beyond the metropolis.
Somewhat contradictorily, the festival’s concern for the province is global, allowing audiences to visit places as diverse as Switzerland, Anatolia and Sri Lanka.
See the opening film, Lost Town (Oct 1, 19:00, German and English with German subs, photo), which follows two recent architecture grads who use a prestigious architecture prize to build a landmark on the underdeveloped east coast of England in an effort to highlight coastal erosion while attracting tourism at the same time.
Parents take note: the festival’s children’s programme (Oct 7, 16:00) is an ideal opportunity for an educative day trip to the countryside. Most films are shown with English subtitles.
8th Filmfest Eberswalde, Oct 1-8 | Paul-Wunderlich-Haus, Marktplatz 1, Eberswalde, www.filmfest-eberswalde.de